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1)

Only five nations are mentioned here, as opposed to the lands of seven nations that comprise Eretz Cana'an?

1.

Rashi: This really incorporates all the seven nations 1 , since they are all included in "Cana'ani", and it includes one of them (which it lists elsewhere as "P'rizi") in "Cana'ani", since it did not have a name of its own 2

2.

Ramban: The Torah confines its list to the five nations whose land flowed with milk and honey 3 (to which this Pasuk refers). 4


1

The Girgashi fled.

2

See Sifsei Chachamim. See also Ramban's objection to this explanation.

3

To preclude the P'rizi and Girgashi, which did not.

4

And which is also the criterion for Bikurim (See Ramban).

2)

What does the Torah mean when it describes Eretz Cana'an as "flowing with milk and honey?

1.

Rashi: Milk flowed from the goats and honey from dates and figs.

2.

Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: It means simply a land that produces milk and honey. 1


1

Refer also to Devarim, 6:3:2:2 & 6:3:2:4

3)

Having instructed us earlier (See 12:25) to perform the Avodah of Korban Pesach in Eretz Yisrael, why does the Toes see fit to repeat it here?

1.

Rashi: The earlier Parshah tells us about the son who is a Rasha, whom one answers sharply because he precludes himself from the community, whereas this Parshah teaches us how to react to the she'Eino Yode'a Lish'ol 1 (as we will see in Pasuk 8).


1

By telling him words of Agadah, that will attract him to pay attention, thereby spreading the miracle (Rashi).

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