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Bat Pharoah identified Moshe as being a Israely baby (See Shemot 2:6). The Ramban also states that Moshe was told he was an Israelite (See Ramban 20:11). Perhaps Pharaoh knew that his daughter had brought in a Jewish child into their home to raise as an Egyptian. Perhaps until this point Pharaoh watched Moshe to see which side he would align his ...


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(I can't think of an explicit connection off the top of my head, but here goes): The Sifrei (B'midbar 153) writes that Moshe Rabbeinu's prophecy was superior to that of other prophets, because Moshe sometimes prophesied on a level connoted by the word "davar", while other prophets prophesied on a lower level as connoted by the word "amar": זה הדבר, ...


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The Chasam Sofer uses this question to answer another question: How did Moshe know what plague to bring next? Hashem's words do not mention anything about a plague of locust! The Chasam Sofer explains that Hashem hinted it to him - take בא, to פרעה in order to place these letters of mine (שתי could mean to place, אות can mean letter) in him - take ב and ...


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The Malbim explains that the difference between עמד and יצב is that עמד just means the position of standing, as opposed to sitting or walking etc. whereas יצב is where you are actively standing, i.e. standing intentionally and against adversary. One could be standing because they were standing a moment ago and nothing has changed, or could be standing ...


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The Chasam Sofer brought here explains the connection with the gemara Niddah 31b, which teaches that the reason why a woman who give birth to a male is unclean for seven days and not fourteen days like for a female, is so that it should not be that everyone is happy (because of the joy of the occasion of the Bris Milah) but the father and mother will be sad. ...


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The sefer כםף נבחר here writes (the following is paraphrased summary): Chazal learn from the verse וּבַיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי יִמּוֹל בְּשַׂר עָרְלָתוֹ that Bris Milah should be done on the eighth day, even if the eighth day falls out on Shabbos. But why does the Torah allude to this halachah here - what relevance does it have to the Torah’s discussion about ...


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Tol'dos Yitzchak (by Rav Yitzchak Karo, uncle of the Bes Yosef) mentions that circumcision is on the eighth day "because the boundary of acute illness is the seventh day. That he left his mother's womb for the world's atmosphere is an acute illness and major change, so its boundary, too, is the seventh day. If he were to be circumcised within seven days, ...


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The Tol'dos Yitzchak (by Rav Yitzchak Karo, uncle of the Bes Yosef) explains that medical experts have identified three natural causes of tzaraas: poor diet, intercourse with a menstruant, and not being circumcised. Thus, before discussing the laws of tzaraas, the Torah discusses proper diet (in parashas Sh'mini), intercourse with a woman who is like a ...


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Rav Ovadia S'forno says that some of the dam nidus is still around (and unassimilated) in the baby's body for the first week, so it wouldn't be fitting to perform a mitzva on it during that time. (I don't believe he specifies the reason beyond common sense for the latter part.)


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I have a discussion of this point in my blog at Parsha Tazria - Why is Milah in the middle of Tum'ah. One section is Rav Samson Rafael Hirsch has stated that the numbers 6, 7, and 8 connect with Maasei Bereishis [creation] to show the way a person exists. The number 6 is the creation of the natural world. It is the set up of the laws and instincts ...


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The Connection is given in Talmud Bavli Shabbas 135A. אמר רבי אסי: כל שאמו טמאה לידה - נימול לשמונה, וכל שאין אמו טמאה לידה - אין נימול לשמנה, שנאמר (ויקרא יב) אשה כי תזריע וילדה זכר וטמאה וגו' וביום השמיני ימול בשר ערלתו. אמר ליה אביי: דורות הראשונים יוכיחו, שאין אמו טמאה לידה - ונימול לשמנה! - אמר ליה: נתנה תורה ונתחדשה הלכה. There is a dispute between ...


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I heard an answer to this question not half an hour ago. The Talmud Bavli Nidah 31B says ומפני מה אמרה תורה מילה לשמונה שלא יהו כולם שמחים ואביו ואמו עצבים The reason the bris is on the eighth day and not the seventh day is because on the seventh day, the woman is still teameiah and cannot be with her husband (or do any of the chumros that stem from ...


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Yes one, anwser is according to the Shemos Rabba that the water in Goshen (place where jews lived) did not turn into blood. Also the Pardes Yosef says the water didnt turn into blood. Only when the Egyptians tried to drink from it did it turn to blood. He learns it out from the extra words in the pasuk that the fish died. Therefore they did not receive ...


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The status of "tumah" is not meant to imply sinfulness, degradation or inferiority. On the contrary, it emphasizes, in particular, the great level of holiness inherent in woman's G‑dly power to create and nurture a new life within her body, and the great holiness of a husband and wife's union, in general. Since a woman possesses this lofty potential, she, ...


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I think it's just an opening that sums the whole story, like in newspaper - giving the title and then going through the detail. and the vav is appearing all over the Tora like "Vayomer Hashem El Moshe" and in meny other places. I like the Rashi on that pasuk he says that because Elohim created the Aretz he can give it to any one he wants therefore to the ...


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The Maharal in his commentary to Megillas Esther says that Esther only fasted for 70 hours (as opposed to 3 full days, 72 hours), and she actually broke her fast before going to Achashverosh to prepare herself for meeting the king. This is hinted in the verse "גַּם-אֲנִי וְנַעֲרֹתַי, אָצוּם כֵּן; וּבְכֵן אָבוֹא אֶל-הַמֶּלֶךְ" (Esther 4:17) "we will fast כן ...


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In the 'Litvish' genre, you can't go wrong with Be'er Yosef. It's easier to read than Hirsch, and slightly longer than classic Likkutim such Maayoneh Shel Torah, Gra, Gan Ravah, Apirion, etc. Lekach Tov is always a classic, too, especially if you're looking for one with a bit of a lesson.



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