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1)

What is the connection between this Pasuk and the previous one?

1.

Ramban: If the food, drink and the air 1 are abundant and healthy, then the women will conceive and give birth without, difficulty, nor will they be barren or have problems producing milk 2 to feed their babies. 3


1

The Ramban inserts air here, though he did not mention it earlier.

2

Both included in "va'Akarah" (Ramban).

3

See also Ba'al ha'Turim.

2)

Why does the Torah mention specifically women here?

1.

Ramban #1: Because infertility is more common among women than men.

2.

Ramban #2: Seeing as the Torah generally speaks in masculine terms, infertility in men is included in the previous phrase - "va'Hasirosi Machlah mi'Kirbecha". 1


1

Referring to both men and women as it does in Devarim 7:14 [Ramban).

3)

Why does the Torah add the word "be'Artz'cha"?

1.

Ramban: To teach us that even the animals will not be barren.

4)

What is the significance of "Es Mispar Yamecha Amalei"?

1.

Ramban: Concluding the blessings contained in the previous Pesukim, the Torah writes that if they will obey the angel that guides them, they will not die in war or in a plague that is caused by a change of climate, but that they will live a full life of seventy 1 or eighty years. 2

2.

Seforno: It means that you will live a full life, 3 and thus be able to fulfill the Mitzvah of teaching your sons and grandsons Torah. 4

3.

Targum Yonasan: It means that you will live your life to the full, from day to day - you will die on the same date as you were born. 5

4.

Kidushin, 38a: It means that Hashem sits and fills in the years of Tzadikim from day to day and from month to month. 6


1

See Ba'al ha'Turim.

2

As the Pasuk prescribes in Tehilim, 90:10).

3

Like the oil in the Menorah, that did not extinguish (See Seforno).

4

As the Torah writes in Va'eschanan, Devarim 4:9, and as we find in connection with Levi, K'has and Amram. See Va'eira, Sh'mos 6:16-20 (Seforno).

5

The mark of Tzadikim, as the Gemara states in Sotah, 13b (Peirush Yonasan).

6

See Torah Temimah, note 62.

5)

How will we reconcile the Pasuk in Melachim 2, 20:6 where Yeshayah said to Chizkiyahu ha'Melech "Vehosafti l'cha Chameish-Esrei Shanah" with the current Pasuk?

1.

Yevamos, 49b: The current Pasuk is referring to the alloted time of each individual in the event that he deserves it. 1 It is possible to increase his quota of years, as Yeshayah told Chizkiyahu ha'Melech, or to detract from it should one lose one's rights.


1

The Gemara relates how Menasheh killed Yeshayah for this statament, because he (Menasheh) followed the opinion of R. Akiva

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