1)

Why does the Torah repeat "Viyeshavtem la'Vetach Alehah"?

1.

Rashi: To reinsure them that they will not need to be concerned about drought.

2.

Ramban: It is an assurance that there will be enough to eat in Sh'mitah, and that they will not need to leave the land to seek food elsewhere.

3.

Seforno: It is an assurance that there will be plenty to eat in the land, and that they will not have to suffer the embarrassment of having to go and purchase food from other nations.

4.

Sifra: "la'Vetach", 'and not scattered and afraid'; "Alehah", 'and not in Galus'. 1

5.

Oznayim la'Torah: The first time


1

See Torah Temimah, note 108.

2)

Having said "Venasnah ha'Aretz Piryah", why does the Torah see fit to add "Va'achaltem Lachm'chem la'Sova'?

1.

Rashi and Targum Yonasan: To teach us that even in the stomach, the food will be blessed. 1

2.

Seforno: It teaches us that the fruit, in the sixth year will be highly sustaining qualitatively, 2 in that the harvest of the sixth year will suffice for the seventh and eighth years as well.


1

Rashi in 26:5

2

Seforno: As we find by the Manna, where one Omer sufficed for big and small alike, and, as the the Sifra writes - they would eat a little and it was blessed in their stomachs.

3)

Why did Rashi explain the end of the Pasuk before the beginning?

1.

Mizrachi: He did so to explain how this is unlike "Viyeshavtem al ha'Aretz la'Vetach" in the previous Pasuk.

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