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1)

What is the connection between this Pasuk and the previous ones?

1.

Rashi: When Hashem scattered the Dor Haflagah, He did not destroy them, because Hashem's portion - His people, Ya'akov - was contained among them and was destined to come out from them. 1

2.

Ramban (on Pasuk 7, citing the Ibn Ezra): This relates the uniqueness of Yisrael, "Ha la'Shem Tigm'lu Zos!?" - 'How could you do this to Hashem who raised you to such a high level, which He did not do to any other nation!?' "Am Naval ve'Lo Chacham" - 'In your foolishness, you fell from that level!'

3.

Rosh (on Pasuk 8): This explains why Hashem started [arranging] the inheritance of Yisrael, for He took them for His portion.


1

Refer to 38:8:3:1 .

2)

Why does the Torah mention specifically Ya'akov?

1.

Rashi #1: Because he was the third of the Avos who possessed a triple merit - that of his grandfather (Avraham), that of his father (Yitzchak) and his own - like a rope of three strands. 1

2.

Rashi #2: All Ya'akov's sons are Hashem's portion


1

Rashi and Targum Yonasan: And he and his sons fell to Hashem's portion. Refer to 32:8:3:1*.

2

I.e. Avraham did not pray to have a son from Sarah (refer to Bereishis 16:5:1:1), and when Hashem said that he will have a son from Sarah, he requested that Yishmael should be a Tzadik (I would prefer this to having a second son

3)

What are the implications of "Ya'akov Chevel Nachalaso"?

1.

Rashi: Refer to 32:9:2:1.

2.

Seforno: It implies that Ya'akov and his sons (and sons' sons) are servants of Hashem - but if a pious man is to be found among the other nations, his status is not passed down to his descendants.

3.

Targum Yonasan: When Yisrael fell to Hashem's portion, 1 the Angel Micha'el announced "Ki Cheilek Hashem Amo!" and the Angel Gavriel opened his mouth in praise and declared "Ya'akov Chevel Nachalaso!"

4.

Hadar Zekenim, Rosh (on Pasuk 8): Yisrael is Hashem's portion.


1

Refer to 32:8:3:1*.

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