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1)

What is this Pasuk coming to add to the previous Pesukim?

1.

Rashi: It is a Lav; purchasers may not keep the fields when Yovel comes. 1

2.

Ramban, Moshav Zekenim (both citing the Rambam): It is a Lav on the seller or on the purchaser not to stipulate that they are selling or buying the field permanently. 2

3.

Ramban, Moshav Zekenim (both citing the Toras Kohanim): It is not a Lav, but a reason for the Mitzvah of Yovel, as if to say 'Enact the Yovel among yourselves, and don't be upset about it, since the land belongs to Me and I don't want it to be sold permanently like other sales'. 3


1

See Ramban's explanation of the Pasuk.

2

Ramban (Ibid.): Even though the field automatically leaves the domain of the purchaser and reverts to that of the seller - irrespective of any stipulation to the contrary, whether on the part of the buyer or of the seller.

3

Refer also to 25:23:4:2*.

2)

What is the meaning of "li'Tzemisus"?

1.

Rashi: It means permanently cutting off' [his owneship]. 1


1

See also Ibn Ezra.

3)

What are the connotations of the phrase "ki Li ha'Aretz"?

1.

Rashi: Do not begrudge having to return the fields, since they are not yours anyway.

2.

Seforno: It means that Eretz Yisrael is the property of Hashem. 1


1

Seforno: And that same area in which you live, is not included in the Pasuk in Tehilim (115:16) "veha'Aretz Nasan li'Vnei Adam".

4)

What is the meaning of the phrase "Ki Gerim v'Soshavim Atem Imadi"?

1.

Rashi (in Divrei ha'Yamim 1, 29:33): It means 'You have no portion or inheritance in the land ... ; You are only allowed to sojourn in it'. 1

2.

Ramban (citing the Toras Kohanim): It means 'Don't consider yourselves the main owners of your field; because you are with Me. 2

3.

Seforno: Refer to 35:23:3:2*.


1

See also Ba'al ha'Turim.

2

Ramban (Ibid.): I am the master and you are My subjects, and it will suffice for the subjects to be like their Master (See R. Chavel's footnotes).

QUESTIONS ON RASHI

5)

Rashi writes that It is a Lav; purchasers may not keep the fields when Yovel comes. The verse addresses the seller

1.

Refer to 25:23:1:2.3.

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