What is the meaning of the opening phrase in the Pasuk? Why does it say "Milel": and not the more common 'Diber'?


Rashi, Rashbam, Da'as Zekenim #1 Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: It is an expression of praise 1 and it means 'How praiseworthy (truthful


The Ramban maintains that the word "Mi" in this sense, is only used derogatively (See for example Sefer Shoftim 9:28).


Riva understands that "Milel" teaches that he was 100. A verse explicitly says so! Rather, it teaches that it was after 100 years finished. However, it is likely that Rashi is referring, not to a lesson, but to a hint at what the Pasuk has already taught us.


According to the Ramban, this is also the opinion of Targum Onkelos.


Why does the Torah write "Banim" (in the plural)?


Rashi: Because at the Se'udas B'ris, the princesses all brought their babies for Sarah to suckle and she suckled them all.


What was the point of the above-mentioned episode?


Rashi: It was in answer to those who claimed that Sarah did not bear a son, but that she brought home a waif that she found in the street. 1


It is not clear however, why the fact that she suckled her own baby did not suffice to negate the rumor? Refer also to 21:2:3:2.

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