by Dr. Avigdor Bonchek
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Parashas BechukosaiVayikra 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?
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?
WHAT'S BOTHERING RASHI?
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?
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.
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