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1)

What are the connotations of "Vayotzei Perach, Vayatzeitz Tzitz Vayigmol Shekeidim"?

1.

Rashi: 'The sticks had produced flowers, sprouted buds and almonds had ripened' 1


1

Rashi: A Lashon of completion, as in Bereishis 21:8) and in Yeshayah, 18:5.

2

See also Ba'al ha'Turim.

3

See Rashbam. It seems to me that the Neginos support this explanation.

2)

What is the significance of the fact that the sticks grew specifically almonds?

1.

Rashi: It was to warn the people that, just as almonds are the fastest fruit to grow, so too, will the punishment of whoever starts up with the Kehunah follow swiftly. 1


1

Rashi: As happened to King Uziyah, in Divrei Hayamim 2, 26:19, in whose forehead there appeared Tzara'as the moment he entered the Beis-Hamikdash to bring the Ketores.

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