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1)

Why does the Torah write here that two of each species came to Noach, when of the Tahor species there were seven pairs?

1.

Rashi: The Pasuk means that at least two of each species came. 1

2.

Ramban: Two (a male and a female) of each and every species came by themselves (as the Pasuk specifically states), and Noach went and fetched the six remaining pairs of Tahor animals that were meant for Korbanos. 2


1

One could perhaps answer that of every species two came, irrespective of the fact that of the Tahor species there were more.

2

It is hard to fathom how Noach could do so himself. There are [far] more than 800 species of Tahor birds (Chulin 63b)! Perhaps after he did some toil for the Mitzvah, they came by themselves - PF.) Also refer to 7:2:4:1.

2)

Rashi writes: "'They came to Noach' - of their own accord." How is this derived from the verse?

1.

Gur Aryeh: Otherwise, the verse should have stated, "... they were brought to Noach."

3)

Rashi writes: "'They came... of their own accord." Earlier, however, Noach was commanded to bring two of each (6:19)?

1.

Gur Aryeh #1: The command was to bring them on to the Teivah, once they arrived.

2.

Gur Aryeh #2: Noach was commanded to "bring them in" verbally, by saying, "Come in to the Teivah."

4)

Rashi writes: "'Two by two' - they were all similar regarding this number." What does this mean?

1.

Gur Aryeh: Rashi was troubled that the Kosher species numbered seven and seven, not merely two. Rather, the verse means that each species had at the very least two.

5)

Rashi writes: "They were all similar regarding this number"

1.

Gur Aryeh: Alternatively (unlike Rashi), one may explain that all of the animals came in pairs, i.e. even the Kosher species came as seven pairs and not as individuals.

6)

רש"י: באו אל נח- מאיליהן: מנין דרשו זאת?

1.

גור אריה: אם לא כן, היה צריך לכתוב 'הובאו'.

7)

רש"י: באו אל נח- מאליהן: קשה שה' ציווה לנח "תביא אל התיבה"?

1.

גור אריה: הכוונה להכנסתם לתיבה.

2.

גור אריה: "תביא" על ידי דיבור, נח אמר 'בואו לתיבה' והם באו.

8)

רש"י: כלם הושוו במנין זה: מה פרוש דבריו?

1.

גור אריה: קשה שמהטהורות באו 7 ולא שנים? אלא הכוונה שמהפחות שבחיות באו שנים.

9)

רש"י: כלם הושוו במנין זה: קשה שאין דרך הכתוב לומר כך?

1.

גור אריה: מסתבר לומר [לא כרש"י] שכוונת הפסוק שכולם באו זוגות- וגם מהחיות הטהורות באו שבעה זוגות ולא יחידים.

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