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by Dr. Avigdor Bonchek


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Parashas Bechukosai

Vayikra 26; 4

And I will provide your rains in their time; and the Land will give its produce and the tree of the field will give its fruit.


In their time: Rashi: At a time when people are not outside like on Shabbat eve.

What would you ask on this comment?

Your Question:


A Question: Why not explain the verse simply - in the time fitting for rains - in the spring when the produce grows?

What prompted his comment?

Your Answer


An Answer: Our verse says "your rains" that is a strange term. Rain belongs to all, to rich and poor alike.

How does Rashi deal with this?

Your Answer:


An Answer: Rashi (and the midrash) interprets these words as what is good for you - on Fri nights when people are not outside, so the rains won't disturb them.

Shabbat Shalom
Avigdor Bonchek

Avigdor Bonchek has published a new book on Rashi called "Rashi: The Magic and the Mystery" published by Gefen. Look for it at Jewish book stores.

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