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Asked and answered here. it seems quite likely that this is a later interpolation; it doesn't appear in early prints of Rashi. In several places, though, Rashi refers to לשון כנען, which was a popular term at the time for the Slavic languages (based on the equation of "Slav" with "slave" and the association of the latter with Canaan). These ...


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Here is a way to read this Rashi other that advancing corporealism: Usually, when we see Yad, it means to signify strength. So one might understand that Hashem will apply his strength against the Egyptians. However, Rashi here is saying that there is a metaphor here, of someone striking another. And that is an actual hand performing an act of hitting. To ...


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I don't have a source for this, but I always assumed the idea was not Bilaams personal performance, but rather how the nations interacted with Bilaam. "I gave you a prophet and you asked him to help win wars and deliver curses. Couldn't you have asked him for some directions on how to live a meaningful life?" G-d's response to the unasked question is ...


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Shmuel Brin's answer really covers the question as asked. However, the concept was explored and developed much further, which you can access with the Sefer כללי רש"י by seeing the points and checking the sources that it brings. It also brings there that Rashi departs more from Peshat in his pirush on Nach, because the target audience (בן חמש למקרא) is older ...


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Probably (though you can never be sure with questions like these) you're referring to Rashi's comments on "כי היא חכמתכם ובינתכם לעיני העמים", "this shows your wisdom and understanding in the eyes of the nations" (Devarim 4:6), where Rashi quotes the Gemara in Shabbos (75): איזו חכמה ובינה שהיא לעיני העמים הוי אומר זה חישוב תקופות ומזלות What is ...


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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 = pi*r*r Area of curved part of hemisphere = 2*pi*r*r EDIT: Obviously, this is just a simple example to ...


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The K'li Yakar suggests that later scorners would argue additionally that one of Yitzchak's sons was evil, so the great Avraham could not be Yitzchak's father. (This is why, says the K'li Yakar, the next verse points out that Rivka's brother was the wicked Lavan, and it was from her family that Esav inherited his nature). To preempt this, Yitzchak's ...


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Richard Steiner (quoted by Natan Slifkin) cites Rashi in Shemot 14:31: את היד הגדלה: את הגבורה הגדולה שעשתה ידו של הקב"ה. והרבה לשונות נופלין על לשון יד, וכולן לשון יד ממש הן, והמפרש יתקן הלשון אחר ענין הדבור The great hand--the great mighty deed which God's hand has performed. Many meanings fit the word יד, but they are all the same as the ...


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According to Avraham Grossman, in an article published by Encyclopedia Judaica ("Rashi"), there is more than one source for these various parenthetical notations. Some of them were composed by Rashi's students and some were composed by other scholars, but all were "later interpolated into the text by copyists". They can be identified by aid of manuscripts, ...


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According to this article by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Rav Soloveitchik explained the special nature of bread as relating to the degree of human involvement required to turn G-d's creation (stalks of wheat) into edible bread. Rav Soloveitchik explained as follows: Concerning the Seven Species, the partnership between G-d and humans is limited, with the ...


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Rashi means that although they obstensively went to pasture their father's flock, the Torah hints to us that their main intention was to feed themselves. The Terumas Hadeshen in his sefer באורי מהרא"י explains as follows: We can explain that the logic behind this teaching is that although some words are dotted to teach us that there is hidden meaning, ...


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Even though we do not have this extra 'vav' in our Sifrei Torah, and even though the Minchas Shai who was a contemporary of the Ramban states that he has never seen a Sefer Torah with this extra 'vav', nevertheless, the fact is not only did Rashi have it, but also the Ibn Ezra and the Chizkuni. Therefore, it would be useful to try and understand why the ...


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There are two rishonim who specifically praised Rashi's work on Gemara (as opposed to Chumash): R. Yitzchak Canpanton: (Darchei HaTalmud, 12) Rashi z"l had the custom and method not to speak a thing or emit a word in his language if it were not necessary, I mean to say that when he speaks something about the language of the Gemara or explains something ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe himself pointed out that Rashi in the first (edited) Rashi Sicha (Likutei Sichot Vol 5, pg 13, footnote 2), and he said that there are a few levels of "Pshat". He said that one cannot explain this to mean that Rashi will quote Medrash here and there, since there are times when Rashi says "I don't know the meaning of this verse" when ...


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Here's what Avraham Schick in אשד נחלים writes: כלומר מסבת ראות המלאכים כי מעיניהם ירדו דמעה לעיניו וע״כ כהו בימי הזקנה • והדבר בעצמו צריך ביאור איך יצוייר דמעה במלאכי׳ עליונים רוחניים • ומדוע דווקא נזלו לתוך עינו דווקא • והנראה בזה דהנה יצחק בעצמו מרוב אהבתו את ה׳ לא פחד לבו ולא נמצא בלבו רחמים על עצמו • אבל מעצם נפשו אשר היא אדוקה במלאכים ...


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Summary Rashi is looking to explain why the continued repetition despite the lack of variation each time together with the idea that a single tribe gave the idea. He explains this by saying each tribe had a different intention, but that each individual tribal intention is related to the general intention established by the tribe that gave the idea. Longer ...


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Tosfos in Menachos 86b ד"ה ממנה writes in the name of Rabenu Tam ( see also Chudishei HaRan ד"ה ובא ) that Rashi holds that there is a mitzvah to have in the menorah a fixed ner to light the remaining six. This is learned from the pasuk להעלות נר תמיד (שמות כז כ. Therefore after the ner maarivi is lit from the the old flame the remaining neros are lit from ...


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Ohr Same'ach Two other sites that I know are good are Torah Tots and OU's NCSY site. I have trouble locating these sites, now, but if you Google, you should locate these, as well as numerous other sites. You may also want to check various shul and yeshiva web sites. Many yeshivot & kolelim post parsha questions on their web site. Yeshivot ketanot ...


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To be on the sanhedrin one requirement was knowledge of all 70 languages. Moshe Rabbeinu was shakul kineged beis din shel shivim (equal to a 70-member court of law), so off the bat I'm willing to assume he knew all 70 (as it was required to know all 70 languages to be a member of the Sanhedrin). Plus we know that Yosef knew all 70, so its likely the ...


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Hakodosh Baruch Hu did not make a mistake. שבתחלה עלה במחשבה means that was the starting point, that is, the ideal. Had a human thought this through, that would have been his starting point. How is midas hadin a mistake? It is not workable on its own, but it is not a mistake. The placement of the verses does not mean "between these verses it is midas ...


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This is really answered by the second Rashi in the parsha: אין המקרא הזה אומר אלא דרשני - the the purpose of this verse is the Drasha. Yes, it has a way to read it in plain meaning, but its phrasing is awkwardly constructed and superfluous precisely because its primary purpose is not the plain meaning. Even at the simple level, it is understood that there ...


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Menachos is considered one of the hardest masechtos and in my opinion the hardest. Artscroll uses both editions continuously. Tosfos seems to have had only the MS edition which would mean it is more authentic. There aren't any other rishonim (except perhaps the rashbo) but there is a wealth of achronim at least fifty on the otsar hachochma. I would suggest ...


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The Maharam writes: ברש״י ד״ה ובא השמש וטהר וכו׳ ואפי׳ לנגיעה אשכחן קרא התם כל כלי אשר יעשה מלאכה בהם במים יובא וטמא עד הערב וטהר והאי נגיעה היא ובעינן הערב שמש וכו׳ דהאי כלי לאו בר אכילה הוא ומיהו טמויי לא מטמאינן וכו׳ כצ״ל ופסוק זה הוא בפ׳ שמיני וע״כ לענין נגיעת תרומה איירי דהא בכלי לא שייך אכילה ומדכתיב לאחר הערב שמש וטהר מכלל דקודם הערב שמש אינו טהור ...


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Rav Eliyahu Essas, one of the most respected Russian rabbanim, answers this question on the verse Melachim I 6:7 here (in Russian though). The basic sense is that it is a typo. If one replaces the samech in rusi with mem, and they are very similar in print, one gets rumi or romi - translation to Latin, and indeed the word dolatum means to shape stones and ...


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The Aruch Hashulchan that you refer to, clearly explains that nowadays you cannot wear Rabbeinu Tam Tefilin exclusively. He admits that in very early times there was an argument, but then demonstrates how we Pasken like Rashi. ופלא שהרא"ש והטור וכמה מראשונים סבירא להו דרב האי פסק כרבינו תם, והרמב"ם כתב שפתחו תפליו ואינו כן. ובמרדכי וכן בשארי ראשונים ...


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The best translation in the context here is: A)...and is nullified (loses its identity) with respect to a public domain or a private domain, and so transfer between the public or private domain is permitted. B)...and is nullified even with respect to a public domain.


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I once heard in the name of Rabbi Mordechai Miller zatsal of Gateshead that there were two ways how Avrohom could fulfill the command to sacrifice his son. 1) By "turning his heart to stone" and do a mechanical act, cutting out any emotional feelings. 2) By doing it with all the emotions intact, with crying, tears and all. Obviously this second way is much ...


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This may come from Genesis 14:18: וּמַלְכִּי-צֶדֶק מֶלֶךְ שָׁלֵם, הוֹצִיא לֶחֶם וָיָיִן; וְהוּא כֹהֵן, לְאֵל עֶלְיוֹן. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High.


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One important thing to realize about Rashi's commentary is how often he is citing midrash. He may very well believe that these midrashim were historical. And he cites them as אגדה המיישבת דברי המקרא דבר דבור על אופניו, as he states in his commentary to Bereishit 3:8. That is, midrash which works with peshat, and answers to peshat concerns. In this instance, ...



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