hebrew
1)

Who does "Achad ha'Am" refer to?

1.

Rashi: It refers to Avimelech himself - since "Achad ha'Am" implies the one among the people who is unique (the king).

2.

Targum Yerushalmi: It is a youth. (Youths are lightheaded, and liable to sleep with her.)

2)

Yitzchak said that he feared being killed! Why did Avimelech rebuke him for saying that she is his sister?

1.

Malbim: Due to concern for a possible danger to yourself, you should not have put us in certain danger! Ha'amek Davar - the esteemed and rich often enter your house. One could lie with your wife! Malbim - We remember that HaSh-m was ready to kill [me, or my father] for taking Sarah (20:7)!

QUESTIONS ON RASHI

3)

Rashi writes: "You will bring guilt upon us - If he would have lain [with her], you would have brought guilt upon us already." Why does Rashi explain in the past tense?

1.

Gur Aryeh: The guilt would come immediately upon such a deed, not in the future. Therefore, Rashi must explain in the past tense. 1


1

The word" v'Heiveisa" is accented mile'Ra (on the last syllable), which usually indicates a Vav ha'Mehapeches, switching the word to future tense. In this case, however, it means a conditional result - 'Had he done so, he would already be guilty.' (CS)

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