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1)

What does the Torah mean when it writes "Me'eis b'nei Yisrael"?

1.

Rashi: It means that Yisrael would hire the Levi'im 1 to serve in the Beis-Hamikdash instead of them.


1

Refer to 3:9:3:2.

2)

And what does it mean when it writes "Tachas Kol Bechor ... "?

1.

Rashi: It means that they merited this honor - that Hashem chose them - on account of the firstborn who were originally destined to serve, but who forfeited that right when they worshiped the Eigel, whereas they did not.

2.

Seforno: It means that the Levi'im took over from the Bechoros by means of redemption (as the continuation of the Parshah will explain).

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