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1)

Why does the Torah Avodah-Zarah and other sins here?

1.

Rashi and Ramban (citing the Toras Kohanim): It is to warn the Eved Ivri not to declare 'Since my master commits adultery, serves idols and does not observe Shabbos, I will do likewise!' 1

2.

Seforno: It is a warning, even when one is subservient to Nochrim against thinking that, since they are no longer under the jurisdiction of Hashem, they are free to do as they wish. 2


1

Refer to 26:2:2:2*. Seforno: This is a warning not to make the mistake that many made at the time of the Galus, when they said to Yirmiyah 'If a master sold his slave and a man divorced his wife, what claim does he have on them?'

2

Seforno: A mistake that they made at the time of the Galus, when they said to Yirmiyah 'If a master sold his slave and a man divorced his wife, what claim does he have on them?'

2)

And what is the significance of all the Parshiyos listed in B'har up to here?

1.

Rashi: After teaching the Dinim of Shemitah, the Torah warns that someone who covets money and is suspect on Shemitah will eventually have to sell his moveable items, then his fields and then his house; and, if he does not do Teshuvah, he will be forced to borrow on interest and to seel himself, firs to a Yisrael and finally to a Nochri.

3)

What is an "Even Maskis"?

1.

Rashi: A stone-slab. 1

2.

Rashbam: A stone-slab with images and pictures engraved on it. 2


1

Rashi: So-called because it covers the floor.

2

Rashbam: To look at them - as in Tehilim, 73:7. See also Rashi, No'ach, 11:29.

4)

Why does the Torah insert the word "be'Artz'chem"?

1.

Rashi: Because prostrating oneself 1 in the Beis-Hamikdash is permitted.


1

Refer to 26:1:5:1.

5)

What is the exact meaning of "le'Hishtachavos?

1.

It means to prostrate oneself. 1


1

See Sifsei Chachamim. See also Rashi, Mas'ei, 33:52.

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