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1)

What exactly is "Venishmartem Me'od le'Nafshoseichem" referring to?

1.

Ramban: It is a warning them not to go after the Voice that they heard on Har Sinai and to ascribe to it to G-d Himself. 1

2.

Seforno: Refer to 4:15:2:1.

3.

RS"R Hirsh: Guard against influences to your soul (that will distance you from Hashem).

4.

Ha'Emek Davar: One must guard his body and his soul.

5.

Mesilas Yesharim (Perek 19): One must guard himself from [physical] matters that were created to punish Resha'im, but he should not add [excess] guarding to guarding.

6.

Erech Apayim 1: Shemiras Nefesh is only in matters with mortal danger.


1

Ramban: Which in Kabbalistic terms is known as 'Kitzutz Neti'os', since He Himself is Infinite and unfathomable.

2

Seforno: As one cult did.

2)

What is the significance of the reason ("Ki Lo Re'isem Kol Temunah

1.

Seforno: This negates the opinion of the astrologers, who believe that there nothing in the entire universe that is superior to the celestial beings, and that they alone (a) comprise the initial eternal existence and (b) are eternal.

3)

What are the implications of "Venishmartem Me'od le'Nafshoseicham"?

1.

Rambam, Hilchos Rotze'ach, 11:4: 'It is a Mitzvah to remove any obstacle that is dangerous and to guard oneself very, very much against {physical} danger'. 1


1

See Torah Temimah on Pasuk 9, and note 16 and refer to 4:9:1:5:1 & 4:15:151:1.

4)

Why does the Torah add "Me'od"?

1.

Charedim, Lo Sa'aseh 4:25: Refer to 4:15:3:1. This is because danger is more severe than Isur.

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