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1)

Why does the Torah add the word "Rak" which always comes to preclude?

1.

Ba'al ha'Turim: To teach us that the Avos are also subject to Din - since each one of them sinned - "Avraham asked "ba'Meh Eda ... ?"; 1 Yitzchak loved Esav 2 and Ya'akov declared "Nisterah Darki me'Hashem" ('My way is hidden from Hashem'). 3


2

Even though Hashem hated him (See Mal'achi, 1:3).

2)

What is the connection between this Pasuk, the previous one and the following one?

1.

Seforno: It is further proof that Hashem means only for our good. 1 See how heaven and earth - esteemed creations that are not subject to deterioration - belong to Hashem, yet He changed their nature for your sakes 2 on the merit of the Avos. 3 Clearly, it was in order to achieve an objective that is superior to heaven and earth - a perfect human-being, inasmuch as he is as similar to his Creator as is humanly possible. 4 It is therefore befitting to remove the blockage of your minds. 5


1

Refer to 10:14:1:2.

2

In Mitzrayim when He performed the Ten Plagues and at the Yam-Suf, when He split the Sea.

3

See also Ba'al ha'Turim DH 'ha'Aretz v'Chol asher bah'.

4

Seforno: As the Torah wrote in Bereishis, 1:26 "in our image after our likeness".

5

Refer to 10:16:1:3, 10:16:2:2.

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