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1)

Bearing in mind that there are nine and a half tribes in Eretz Yisrael and only two and a half in Eiver ha'Yarden, how come come that ey each contain the same number of Arei Miklat?

1.

Rashi and Ramban #1 (citing Makos, 9b): This is because in Gil'ad 1 (which was in Eiver ha'Yarden) there were a lot of murderers. 2

2.

Ramban #2: Because Eiver ha'Yarden was ast expanse of land 3 equivalent in size to Eretz Cana'an. 4


1

Rashi: As the Pasuk in Hoshe'a, 6:8 testifies.

2

See Ikar Sifsei Chachamim, and Ramban who elaborates and then queries this explanation.

3

On which case the towns in both areas were equidistant from one another, so that a murderer had to run the same distance whether he lived in Eretz Yisrael or in Eiver ha'Yarden, irrespective of the number of people who lived there.

4

See Ramban.

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