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רמב"ן והזכיר לאשר עשה לדתן ולאבירם. ולא הזכיר קרח ועדתו שיצאה אש מלפני ה' ותאכל אותם, בעבור כי איש זר הקרב להקטיר קטורת הוא מלאוי התורה (במדבר יז ה), ו לעולם הוא נענש לדורות כאשר קרה גם לעזיהו(דה"י ב כו יט), על כן לא מניו האותות המדבר. I understand it as saying that since he and his congregation brought ketoros and he's not a kohen, so he's anyway meant to ...
Ikar Siftei Hachamim on Deuteronomy 8:4:2 (excerpt): ואם תאמר והא בפרשת כי תבא כתיב ונעלך לא בלתה מעל רגלך שמע מיניה שהיו להם מנעלים ויש לומר דהתם קאי איוצאי מצרים שהיו להם מנעלים אותם מנעלים לא בלו מעל רגליהם ומה שפירש כאן היינו אותן שנולדו במדבר שלא היו להם מנעלים. (My translation): If you would say that in parshat Ki Tavo it says, "Your shoes ...
In Tanach the word Barzel - ברזל appears 44 times. Per Wikipedia The Iron Age in the Ancient Near East is believed to have begun with the discovery of iron smelting and smithing techniques in Anatolia or the Caucasus and Balkans in the late 2nd millennium BC (c. 1300 BC) The Torah was given in the year 1313 BCE. Notwithstanding the above, even ...
The Minchas Shai does, he brings different readings and see from the words acher kach matzati B'Mordichai(pg 32) but better to see the whole thing. http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14036&st=&pgnum=32
See here and the follow-up here. According to Rashi, a sort of insect. According to Ibn Ezra and Ibn Janach, a type of sickness.
It's pure geometry. The simplest example of this in 3D is that the surface area of a hemisphere is double the surface area of a flat circle, so if you grow things on the surface you have double the area (wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphere). Area of circle = pirr Area of curved part of hemisphere = 2*pirr EDIT: Obviously, this is just a simple example to ...
Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch on the same usage in Ki Sisa 32:7 says that at this point they did not act or regard themselves as Hashem's nation but as people who had been brought out by Moshe. Many of the meforshim state that the original intent of the calf was not avodas zarah but as a symbol for Moshe. Rashi, among others, states that the Eirev Rav were ...
Ba'al Ha Turim quotes a midrash, saying that Gd knew that Israel would sin and cause His Providence to depart. This would leave them vulnerable to the feral beasts of the field if they conquered the land too quickly. So future sins would keep Gd from preventing the animals from overrunning the land.
In Sippurei Chassidim (by R' S.Y. Zevin), he brings a story the point of which is that Hashem's desire is that even the person's "heel" - the lowest, crassest, most insensitive part of the body (as the Yiddish expression "Ich her dir mit mayn pyate" - "I hear you with my heel" - i.e., "I am paying absolutely no attention to what you're saying") should be ...
The Bnai Yisrael needed to be reminded of the intrinsic danger of the midbat through which they traveled because they themselves did not see. The ananei hakavod took care of the snakes and scorpions. It was intrinsically a land in which thirst was a major danger, because of the heat and dehydration that would occur, and there were no oases in which they ...
Chazal say that the first Parsha is to warn the yachid(individual) and the second Parsha is repeated to warn the tzibbur(the community). (Rashi, on second Parsha, Deut/11/13). The question is asked, (I think it is brought earlier, but I just found it quoted in Artscroll from Maskil L'David), "Why does it say you must dedicate 3 things ["all your heart, all ...
The heart is considered the seat of the will. Rav Hisrch says on the pasuk Thus, the conception of תפילה is given as "work on yourself" as being a penetration of one's whole being with enlightening thought ans ennobling feelings. The soul in the first paragraph of the Shma is the emotions and desires while "might" is all one's physical resources (...
The Rashbam translates לנסותכם as bothering. Hashem put them through the grind. They never had physical insurance of food for the next day, and they had to collect an exact amount. People usually don't appreciate war time rations. This was to see if they'll follow, and trust in, Hashem.
The Meshech Chachmah answers that shemen zayis and devash are exclusive to Ertez Yisroel and you can see this from when klal Yisrael said why are you taking us out of Eygpt which has grapes ,figs,pomegranates but no mention of olive oil and honey.They are connected to Eretz because they are special to Eretz Yisrael.
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