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1)

Why does the Torah insert this Pasuk?

1.

Rashi: To point out that Hashem chose us out of all the creation, even though the entire universe - heaven and earth - belongs to Him. 1

2.

Seforno: To bear out what it just wrote "le'Tov lach", 2 seeing as He owns everything and has no need of our favors. 3


1

Refer to 10:12:2:2.

2

To teach us the extent of Hashem's love for Yisrael.

3

Refer also to 10:15:2:1.

2)

What is the difference between "ha'Shamayim and "Sh'mei ha'Shamayim"?

1.

Ramban: "ha'Shamayuim" refers to the celestial bodies - the angels, the sun, moon and stars; 1 "Sh'mei ha'Shamayim" to the four basic components, which come from the power of the heavens 2 from which everything in this world is formed.


1

Ramban: See Tehilim, 148:1-4.

2

Ramban: Just as the Torah writes here "ha'Aretz ve'Chol asher bah".

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