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1)

What are the connotations of "Lo me'Rubchem"?

1.

Rashi #1: It is like the simple meaning (Hashem did not desire you because you are many). 1

2.

Rashi #2: When He bestows upon you greatness, you do not aggrandize yourselves. 2

3.

Rashbam, Da'as Zekenim: Being numerous is no reason to desire you! Rather, with reference to "Venashal Goyim Rabim ... " in Pasuk 1, the Torah is saying that it is not because you are more numerous than the seven nations 3 that Hashem desired you and will destroy them... rather, due to His love of you and the oath that He made to your forefathers.


1

Refer to 7:6:1:2*.

2

Rashi: Like Avraham, who declared "v'Anochi Afar va'Eifer" (Bereishis 18:27) and Moshe and Aharon, who said "v'Nachnu Mah!" (Shemos 16:7)

2)

What is the exact meaning of the words "Chashak Hashem bachem"?

1.

Rashi, Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: It means 'Hashem desired you'.

2.

Ramban: It means 'Hashem bonded 1 (attached) Himself to you with a strong bond'.


1

Ramban: See Shemos 27:10.

3)

What are the implications of the words "Vayivchar bachem"?

1.

Ramban: It implies that Hashem picked us out 1 from the other nations. 2


1

Ramban: When someone picks a friend, he will tolerate him under all circumstances.

2

Ramban: And Yisrael are worthy of being chosen, as they are the most tenacious of all the nations'

4)

What does "Ki Atem ha'Me'at mi'Kol ha'Amim" mean?

1.

Rashi #1: It is like the simple meaning (you are the smallest of the nations). 1

2.

Rashi #2: Even when Hashem bestows upon you greatness, you make yourselves small. 2

3.

Rashi (Bamidbar, 26:36): Refer to Bamidbar, 26:36:2:1. 3

4.

Rashbam: You are smaller than the seven nations [and even so, Hashem will dispossess them for you].

5.

R. Bechayei #1: Hashem would love even if you were the smallest of the nations.

6.

R. Bechayei #2: Since there is no Dagesh (dot) in the Hei, it does not mean the fewest. Rather, it introduces a question (like "ha'Me'at Mikem Ki Hivdil


1

And the word "Ki" means in spite of the fact (Refer to 7:6:1:2), whereas "Ki" in Pasuk 8 means 'but'. Refer to 7:7:152:1.

2

Rashi: Like Avraham, who declared "v'Anochi Afar va'Eifer" (Bereishis 18:27) and Moshe and Aharon, who said "v'Nachnu Mah!" (Shemos 16:7)

5)

Rashi writes that the simple meaning is true (you are the smallest of the nations). It says "Hinchem ha'Yom k'Chochvei ha'Shamayim la'Rov" (1:10)! Also, Mo'av feared Yisrael "Ki Rav Hu" (Bamidbar 22:3)!

1.

Perhaps the simple meaning is that Yisrael are less than all of the other nations combined. The Torah worded this in a way that allows one of the other Drashos (refer to 7:7:151:2-6

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