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1)

What are the connotations of "ve'Es ha'Aretz Mah Hi"?

1.

Rashi: The climate of some countries produces strong people, and of others, weak people; In some countries, it causes the people to proliferate, in others, it keeps their numbers low.

2)

And what are the connotations of "he'Chazak hu Im Rafah"?

1.

Rashi: The towns in which they lived would demonstrate their strength; 1 if they lived in open cities, it was a sign of strength, whereas fortified cities was a sign of weakness. 2


1

See Sifsei Chachamim.

2

Since they were afraid of their enemies.

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