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What does the Torah mean when it writes "u'Matar Lo nitach Artzah"?

1.

Rashi #1, Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: It means that the rain 1 did not reach the ground. 2

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Rashi #2 (citing Menachem ben S'ruk) and Rashbam: It did not pour on to the ground.


1

According to the Ta'amim, Targumim and Rashi, the verse means that the hail stopped, and the rain did not reach the ground.

2

It stopped in mid-air. Rabeinu Bachye (citing Midrash Tanchuma) relates that they would later fall on the Cana'anim in the time of Yehoshua (as recorded in Yehoshua 10:11), whereas, according to the Gemara in Berachos (54b, it was Yechezkel who ordered them to fall [See Rashi Yechezkel, 13:11]). Hadar Zekenim - it will fall in the days of Gog and Magog. "Avnei Algavish" refers to something stopped Al Gav Ish (through Moshe, who is called Ish).

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