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1)

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

1.

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


1

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

2

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.

3

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

2)

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

1.

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

3)

What was the point of the above-mentioned episode?

1.

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


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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