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1)

What is the meaning of "V'Nasati Panai Bachem"?

1.

Rashi and Targum Yonasan: It means that I will turn from all My other activities in order to punish you. 1

2.

Targum Onkelos: It means "I will turn My anger upon you".


1

Rashi: As we explained above for the good when we study Torah and keep the Mitzvos. (Refer to 26:9:1:1 and the note there.)

2)

If "V'Nasati Panai bachem refers a punishment at the Hands of Hashem (See Sifsei Chachamim), what is the meaning of "u'Redaften Lifnei Oyveichem"?

1.

Rashi: It means that you will die by a plague in the house, whilst the enemies encircle you from the outside. 1


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And prevent you from escaping the plague.

3)

Why will the enemy not pursue us?

1.

Rashi: Because they will see how weak we are and it is not worth their while to pursue us.

4)

What is the meaning of "Veradu bachem Son'eichem"?

1.

Rashi: It means that 'Your enemies will subjugate you".

5)

What are the implications of the word "Bachem"?

1.

Rashi: It implies that Hashem will set-up our enemies from our own people, who will search for our treasures in all the hidden places. 1


1

Rashi: As in Michah, 2:3. As opposed to foreign armies, who only take what they find - as in Shoftim, 6:3, 4.

6)

If nobody is chasing us, why will we flee?

1.

Rashi: Because we will be terror-stricken.

7)

Why will the enemy not pursue us?

1.

Rashi: Because they will see how weak we are and it is not worth their while to pursue us.

8)

We do not find in the Brachos that the enemy will flee even when nobody chases them. If so, the Midah of punishment exceeds Midah Tovah!

1.

Moshav Zekenim: Regarding being chased, Midah Tovah exceeds the Midah of punishment. 1


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I.e. it is better that when we flee, there is no one is chasing you to catch you and kill you. (PF) However, refer to 26:17:152:1.

9)

Why is it considered a curse that you flee, and no one pursues yous? This is better (that there is no one to catch you and kill you)!

1.

Divrei Eliyahu: "Veha'Elokim Yevakesh Es Nirdaf" (Koheles 3:15) - Hashem always seeks [to save] the one who is chased, even if a Tzadik chases a Rasha (Vayikra Rabah 27:5). Since no one is chasing you, Hashem need not save you.

10)

Why is it considered a curse that you flee, and no one pursues yous? This is better (that there is no one to catch you and kill you)!

1.

Divrei Eliyahu: "Veha'Elokim Yevakesh Es Nirdaf" (Koheles 3:15) - Hashem always seeks [to save] the one who is chased, even if a Tzadik chases a Rasha (Vayikra Rabah 27:5). Since no one is chasing you, Hashem need not save you.

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