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1)

What exactly is "Eretz asher Lo be'Miskeinus Tochal bah Lechem" referring to?

1.

Seforno: "Eretz asher Lo be'Miskeinus Tochal bah Lechem" - It is a land where money is always available, 1 since a shortage of money is worse than a shortage of food. 2


1

Seforno: See Yeshayah, 2:7.

2

Seforno: See Ta'anis, 19b.

2)

What are the implication of "Eretz asher Avanehah Barzel u'me'Hararehah Tachtzov Nechoshes "?

1.

Ramban: "Eretz asher Avanehah Barzel u'me'Hararehah Tachtzov Nechoshes". You will anticipate mining stones but you will discover that it is iron - to inform us that in Eretz Yisrael it is possible to mine iron and copper.

2.

Ramban #2 (citing Targum Yerushalmi): "Eretz asher Avanehah Barzel" - refers to large stones, heavy stones and hewn (?) stones that are ideal for building houses, walls and towers.

3.

Seforno: "Eretz asher (Avanehah Barzel) u'me'Hararehah Tachtzov Nechoshes" - And it also contains quality metals that are good for building and for manufacturing vessels,

4.

Targum Yonasan: It refers to its Chachamim who issue decrees that are as firm as iron and its Talmidim ask questions that shine like copper.

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