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1)

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

1.

Rashi #1, Ramban, Seforno and Targum Onkelos: It means that Hashem did not desire you because you are many, 1 because in fact, you are the smallest of the nations. 2

2.

Rashi #2 and Targum Yonasan: It means that Hashem desired you because, even when He bestows upon you greatness, you do not become vain; on the contrary, it is because you make yourselves small. 3

3.

Rashi (in Pinchas


1

Seforno: Refer to 7:6-7:1:1**.

2

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

3

Rashi: Like Avraham, who declared "ve'Anochi Afar va'Eifer" (Shmos 18:27) and Moshe and Aharon, who said "ve'Nachnu Mah!" (Shmos 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 Shmos 27:10.

3)

And 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: And when someone picks a friend 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' - Beitzah, 25a

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