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1)

How significant is the curse of "v'Eschem Ezareh ba'Goyim?

1.

Rashi: When the citizens of a nation are exiled to another country, they see each other and are comforted; 1 But Yisrael will be scattered among the nations like barley that has been thrown into sieve, where not one of them is connected to the other.

2.

Seforno: This refers to the people who, following Galus Bavel, moved to Alexandria in Egypt. 2


1

As the Midrash states 'Tzaras Tzibur Chatzi Nechamah'.

2

Refer to 26:25:4:2, 26:33:2:3.

2)

Why does the Torah use the word "v'Harikosi" to describe the punishment of Cherev?

1.

Rashi #1: Because when one draws one's sword, the scabbard is emptied. 1

2.

Rashi #2: Because the sword that is drawn against Yisrael will not be returned to its scabbard in the near future - like water, which is not returned to the vessel from which it is emptied.

3.

Rashi #3 (Bereishis 14:14): The Pasuk means that Hashem will gird His sword (take up arms) 2 to fight with Yisrael.

4.

Seforno: This refers to the sword of Nevuchdnetzar, whom Hashem will send after them, when, following Galus Bavel, those who still remained in Eretz Yisrael moved to Egypt, 3 (precisely in order to escape the sword of Nevuchadnetzar).


1

See also Ba'al ha'Turim.

2

See Rashi in Bereishis 14:14).

3

Refer to 26:33:1:2.

3)

Having already said (in Pasuk 32) "v'Hashimosi Ani Es ha'Aretz", why does the Torah repeat "v'Haysah Artz'chem Shemamah"?

1.

Rashi: To teach us that Yisrael will not return soon to Eretz Yisrael, with the result that the towns take on the appearance of ghost-towns. 1


1

Rashi: Unlike a person who leaves his house with the intention of returning, where everything remains the way it was until his return.

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