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1)

What is the significance of the double expression "v'Im Lo Nitme'ah ha'Ishah u'Tehorah Hi"?

1.

Rashi: It means 'If the woman is not guilty on this occasion, and she is innocent from having sinned on any other occasion'.

2)

What are the connotations of "Veniksah"?

1.

Rashi: It means that she is free from [punishment via] the cursing waters.

2.

Seforno: It means that she is absolved from the sin of Shevu'as Shav. 1

3.

Targum Yonasan: It means that when she leaves the Beis-Hamikdash her face will be radiant and she will find favor in the eyes of her husband.


1

In spite of the Pasuk "Lo Yinakeh". Refer to 5:19:3:2 (See Seforno).

3)

What are the ramifications of "v'Nizre'ah Zara"?

1.

Rashi (from Sotah 26a): If she is used to giving birth in pain, she will now give birth with ease; if previously, she gave birth to dark-skinned babies, she will now give birth to babies with fair skin. 1

2.

Rashbam and Targum Onkelos: She will become pregnant.

3.

Targum Yonasan: She will give birth to a boy.


1

Sotah26a: If she used to bear daughters, she will bear sons. If she used to bear short babies, she will bear tall ones. Moshav Zekeinim - if she is used to bear Resha'im, she will bear Tzadikim, like Avraham, who said "v'Anochi Afar va'Efer", for she was tested through earth.

4)

Bearing in mind that the Sotah contravened her husband's warnings, on what grounds is she now being rewarded?

1.

Ibn Ezra: It is in order to compensate for the public humiliation that she suffered. 1


1

Bearing in mind that she is innocent of the sin that she was suspected of having committed, this more than atoned for the secondary sin of having contravened her husband's warning. (EC)

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