1)

Why does the Torah insert the (otherwise superfluous wods (ve'Chi Yamuch Achicha ... ":

1.

Sifra: To teach us that one may not sell oneself in order to make money to put in one's purse, only if one is forced to do so due to poverty.

2)

What sort of a Eved Ivri is the Pasuk talking about?

1.

Rashi (in Mishpatim): It is talking about an Eved who sells himself because he is poor. 1


1

Refer to Sh'mos, 21:2:3:1.

3)

For how long is the sale valid?

1.

Kidushin, 14b: For as long as the seller sells himself. The sale is not limited to six years, since the Torah writes in Re'ei 15:12


1

See Torah Temimah, note 204.

4)

Why does the Torah write "Venimkar Lach" and not 'Venimkar le'Eved'?

1.

Sifra: To prohibit a Mocher Atzmo from selling himself to a Nochri. 1


1

In which case Pasuk 47 must be speaking where he sold himself be'Isur or where no Yisrael wanted to purchase him.

5)

What is the definition of "Avodas Eved"?

1.

Rashi: Demeaning tasks that show him up as an Eved

QUESTIONS ON RASHI

6)

Rashi writes that one may not make an Eved Ivri do demeaning tasks. We do so to our Jewish servants!

1.

Moshav Zekenim: The Mechilta permits it if the servant is used to doing them; we rely on this. 1


1

Moshav Zekenim (citing Kesuvos, 96a): A Talmid serves his Rebbi like a slave serves his master, except for putting on his shoes, and washing his hands, feet and face, and even these are permitted if it is known that he is his Rebbi.

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