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The Power of Vision

NASSO – INSIGHTS IN RASHI - THE POWER OF VISION  Yehonasan Gefen

 

Bamidbar, Rashi, 6:2, sv. When a man will separate himself:…”Why was the section of the Nazir put next to the section of the Sotah? It comes to tell you that anyone who sees a sotah in her…

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The Four Minute Mile

אִישׁ אִישׁ כִּי תִשְׂטֶה אִשְׁתּוֹ וּמָעֲלָה בוֹ מָעַל

Any man whose wife shall go astray and commit treachery against him (5:12)

The “Sota” described in this verse is referring to a married woman who is warned in front of witnesses not to be alone with a certain person whom she…

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The Gift of Shalom

The Torah itemizes the presents the Nesi'im, the tribe leaders, brought. Although they brought identical presents the Torah reiterates each present as a separate incident. The Torah is usually most sparing of words: why aren't they all summarized in one paragraph? 

 

The Ralbag suggests the Nesi'im all brought…

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The mystery Chattas

As the Torah mentions (6:11), a Nazir must bring a sin offering. Why is that? Rashi (6:11) cites the Tanna Rebbi Eliezer HaKappar, who explains that the Nazir has sinned in wrongly withholding wine from himself. Yet the Torah (6:5) attests that such a person is holy for this act…

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No wine-ing

Citing the gemarra, Rashi (6:2) famously asks why the Torah juxtaposes the topics of the Sotah (the suspected unfaithful wife) and the Nazir (the person who vows to refrain from wine, amongst other things)? Rashi - again citing the gemarra - answers that ‘anyone who sees the Sotah in her…

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When exactly was our marriage to HaShem?

Just before the marathon description of the princes’ korbanos at the inauguration of the Mishkan, the pasuk says (7:1) ‘and it was on the day that Moshe finished putting up the Mishkan…’ As Rashi notes, the word for ‘finished’ (kalos) is rare,[1] and is similar to the word kalah (a…

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We are all equals with individual greatness!!

 

 

 

The Torah goes to great length to repeat the Kobanos of each Nasi. It would have been much shorter to just write it once and then say that all the Nisi'im brought the same Korbanos. Why the lengthy repetition?
I once heard an interesting explanation. Many times…

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