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1)

Why does the Torah insert the Lav of "cutting oneself over a deceased person here?

1.

Rashi: Because, like the Lavin concerning sorcery, it was practiced by the Emori'im. 1

2.

Moshav Zekenim (27): It is put next to shaving the beard, to teach that if one made five scratches with five fingers over one Mes, or one scratch over five Mesim, he is liable five times, just like one who shaves all five corners of the beard.


1

The question remains however, why the Pasuk did not then insert it before the Lavin in Pasuk 27? (EC)

2)

What is the definition of "Kesoves Ka'aka"?

1.

Rashi, Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: It means writing that is sunken (engraved) 1 that can never be erased. 2


1

That one scratches out with a needle before writing in it (See Sifsei Chachamim).

2

The word "Ka'aka" means 'stuck', as inBamidbar 25:4 and in Shmuel 2, 25:6 (See Sifsei Chachamim).

3)

Why does the Torah insert "Ani Hashem" here?

1.

Rashi (in Shir ha'Shirim, 5:16): It teaches us that Hashem will reward those who desist from going in the ways of the Emori'im and transgressing these Lavin. 1


1

Rashi, Ibid.: 'Is there anything sweeter to the palate than the fact that Hashem promises reward for simply not cutting oneself up?'.

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