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1)

What is the significance of "Yizb'chu la'Sheidim Lo Elo'ah"?

1.

Rashi (citing Targum Onkelos) and Seforno: 'They sacrificed to demons 1 (thatt are finite 2


1

Refer to Vayikra 17:7:3:1.

2

Seforno: As the Gemara states in Chagigah, 16a.

3

See also Na'ar Yonasan.

2)

What is the significance of "Chadashim mi'Karov Ba'u"?

1.

Rashi: 'Even the Nochrim were not accustomed to them. In fact, when a Nochri would see it, he would label it 'a Jewish god'.

2.

Seforno: Whenever they discovered some form of being of which they had previously been unaware, they would assume that it must have come about via a hitherto unknown deity, which they would promptly proceed to worship.

3.

Da'as Zekenim: It was never called a god until now.

3)

What does "Lo Se'arum Avoseichem" mean"?

1.

Rashi #1 (citing the Sifri): It means that your fathers were not afraid of them


1

Rashi: As happens to someone who is terrified.

2

Rashi: As in the Pasuk in Yeshayah, 13:21. Rashbam - and as in Vayikra, 17:7.

4)

What is "Elohim Lo Yeda'um"?

1.

Da'as Zekenim #1, Hadar Zekenim #1, Rosh #1: [People] did not recognize any benefit in [these idols].

2.

Da'as Zekenim #2, Hadar Zekenim #2, both citing R. Yosef Kara, Rosh #2: Hashem did not 'know' (help) them amidst their afflictions, as opposed to "va'Yeda Elokim", "Yadati Es Mach'ovav" (Shemos 2:5, 3:7).

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