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Because the elders preserve Israel and are sought for their wisdom. Rabbi Akiva said: Why is Israel compared to a bird? Just as a bird can only fly with its wings, so Israel can only survive with the help of its elders. [Ex. R. 5:12] Rabbi Yehudah said they are owed respect even after they lose their faculties: Be careful [to respect] an old man who ...


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If you look at an Artscroll/chumash in the pasuk itself there are 3 קול ענות. Quoting the arsctoll rashi page 454 point one "the spelling ענות appears three times in our verse, but the vowelization changes. The first two times the word ענות is spelled with a chataf patach under the ע and without a dagesh in the נ. The third time, it's spelled with a patch ...


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R. Samuel David Luzzato in his commentary to Isaiah 1:12 explains that the verses describing the pilgrimage were meant to be vowelized such that they would mean that the people come to see God, but the Masoretes (based on a tradition going back to the Second Temple Sages) "fixed" them so that the fools who can't understand the real meaning wouldn't think ...


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The Netziv in Haamek Davar Exodus 34:23 addresses this question. I believe it addresses both parts of the question: את פני. ושם כתיב אל פני. דשם מיירי בשש שני עבודה והמון ישראל רחוקים ממנו ית׳ ובאים ברגל אל ה׳. אבל בשביעית גם בלי רגל כל איש ישראל אינו רחוק במחשבתו מעבודתו באשר הוא פנוי וכמש״כ לעיל כ״א. מש״ה ברגלים בא להוסיף דביקות ואהבת ה׳ מש״ה כתיב את פני. ...


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