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7. Tefilah better than Ma'asim Tovim? 8. Forms of Repentance 9. fasting vs tzedakah
10. A Kohen who has killed a person 11. The Innocent Sotah 12. Four activities which require strengthening
13. Was Moshe Rabeinu's Prayer Answered?

Andrew Scher asks:

The gemara cites two pesukim. Rak hishomer and venishmartem me'od. The first is unconnected to personal safety and the second entirely connected. Why does the gemara need the first.

Many thanks

Andrew Scher, London, UK

The Kollel replies:

The Maharsha comments that the first verse is talking about not forgetting one's learning, and the second about not believing in images.

In fact, neither verse is talking about life preservation. That being the case, the officer expounded both Pesukim out of context. Chazal themselves often do this. Indeed, the Gemara in Shevuos derives from the first verse that one should not curse oneself, as the Maharsha points out.

Kol Tuv,

Eliezer Chrysler