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1)

What did HaSh-m mean when He said to Yitzchak that, "All the nations of the land will be blessed in your offspring"?

1.

Rashi: He meant that people will say to their own children, 'May (you or 1 ) your offspring be like the offspring of Yitzchak!' 2

2.

Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: All the nations of the land will be blessed because of you!' (I.e. that Yisrael will be the conduit through which Berachah will flow on to the whole world). 3


1

Rashi (in an earlier version).

2

The source for this is Yaakov, who said to Yosef, "Through you Yisrael will bless, saying 'May HaSh-m make you like Efrayim and like Menasheh!'" (48:20).

3

See Rashi to Devarim 11:12, who presents a similar idea.

QUESTIONS ON RASHI

2)

Rashi writes: "'They shall bless themselves (v'Hisbarechu)' - A person would say to his son, 'may your children be like Yitzchak's.'" Why doesn't Rashi explain that all the nations would receive a blessing in Yitzchak's merit?

1.

Gur Aryeh: The word "v'Hisbarechu" is in the reflexive, indicating something one does to oneself. Rashi therefore explains that a person would bless his own family.

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