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1)

What does the Torah mean when it writes "Lishkav Etzlah"?

1.

Rashi: It means even to lie beside her without being intimate with her.

2.

Ha'Emek Davar: It is in her room, lest she lie by him, and he cannot evade her.

2)

What does the Torah mean when it adds "Lih'yos Imah"?

1.

Rashi and Targum Yonasan: It means that he refused to be with her so that he would not be punished together with her in the World to Come. 1

2.

Seforno, Rashbam and Malbim: Yosef was even careful about being secluded with her (Yichud). Ha'Emek Davar - he was careful only about seclusion that leads to Aveirah, i.e. at night. He was not careful during the day, for he did not expect her to be so brazen to entice him during the day.

3.

Ramban (citing the Ibn Ezra): The Torah means that Yosef even refused to lie next to her 2 or to chat with her.


1

Moshav Zekenim (citing Avodah-Zarah, 5a): This shows that one who is intimate with a Nochris is tied to her like a dog (after Bi'ah, it is stuck to the female and cannot separate from her).

2

Ramban: Since the Torah does not write "Lishkav Imah" or "Osah".

3)

What are the implications of "Yom Yom"?

1.

Targum Yonasan: It means this day and the following one.

2.

Yoma, 35b: Every day she would try to entice him (by threatening him, if he will not consent), She said - 'I will tie you up in jail!' He replied 'Hashem loosens the bound!' 'I will bend you over!' 'Hashem straightens the bent!' 'I will blind your eyes!' - 'Hashem opens the eyes of the blind!' She then offered him 1,000 Kikar of silver 1 , but he refused that too.

3.

Ha'Emek Davar: There is a Pesik (stroke) between Yom and Yom, to teach that each day she had different enticements.


1

This is five times what was used for the Mishkan, i.e. 1,500,000 Shekalim! And this was before Egypt amassed the wealth of all the countries coming to but food! (PF)

4)

Why does it say "k'Dabrah"?

1.

Ha'Emek Davar: She spoke harshly, and threatened him. Refer to 39:10:3:2.

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