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1)

How is it possible to cleave to Hashem, who is compared to a consuming fire?

1.

Kesuvos, 111b: 'Whoever marries off his daughter to a Talmid-Chacham, who does business with a Talmid-Chacham or who benefits a Talmid-Chacham from his property is considered as if he is cleaving to the Shechinah.'

2.

Hadar Zekenim: One can cleave to Hashem's Mitzvos.

3.

Mesilas Yesharim (Perek 19): One can cleave to Hashem to the point that he ceases to pay attention to anything else. 1

4.

Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: The Torah is referring to those those who cleave to Yir'as Hashem.


1

Though this does not seem to answer the question.

2)

What are the connotations of this Pasuk?

1.

Rashi (in Chukas): Refer to Bamidbar, 20:22:1:1.

2.

Seforno: Refer to 4:3:151:1. 'But you were all wise to avoid worshipping Avodah-Zarah (by not 'running after' the Midyanite women).

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