The commentary is like 10 times bigger than the text

Started by zarus tathra, December 06, 2013, 02:23:51 PM

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Just click show. Just the footnotes alone have 10 times as much text as the original. Example:

QuoteText: These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel on that side of the Jordan in the desert, in the plain opposite the Red Sea, between Paran and Tofel and Lavan and Hazeroth and Di Zahav.

[spoil:13kq94e0]Commentary: These are the words: Since these are words of rebuke and he [Moses] enumerates here all the places where they angered the Omnipresent, therefore it makes no explicit mention of the incidents [in which they transgressed], but rather merely alludes to them, [by mentioning the names of the places] out of respect for Israel (cf. Sifrei).

to all Israel: If he had rebuked only some of them, those who were in the marketplace [i.e., absent] might have said, "You heard from [Moses] the son of Amram, and did not answer a single word regarding this and that; had we been there, we would have answered him!" Therefore, he assembled all of them, and said to them, "See, you are all here; if anyone has an answer, let him answer!" - [from Sifrei]

in the desert: [At that time]they were not in the desert, but in the plains of Moab. [Accordingly,] what is [the meaning of] ????????????, in the desert? It means that he rebuked them for their having angered Him in the desert by saying, "If only we had died [by the hand of God]" (Exod. 16:3).

in the plain: in the plain [He rebuked them] regarding the plain, for they had sinned with [the worship of] Baal-Peor at Shittim in the plains of Moab (Num. 25:1-9). [from Sifrei]

opposite the Red Sea: [He rebuked] them regarding their rebellion at the Red Sea. When they arrived at the Red Sea, they said, "Is it because there are no graves in Egypt [that you have taken us to die in the desert?]" (Exod. 14:11) Likewise, [they sinned] when they traveled from the midst of the sea, as it is said,"and they were rebellious by the sea, by the Red Sea" (Ps. 106:7), as is found in Arachin (15a).

Between Paran and Tofel and Lavan: Rabbi Yochanan said: We have reviewed the entire Bible, but we have found no place named Tofel or Lavan! However, [the explanation is that] he rebuked them because of the foolish things they had said (????????) about the manna, which was white (?????) , saying "And our soul loathes this light bread" (Num. 21:5), and because of what they had done in the desert of Paran through the spies. [from Eileh Hadevarim Rabbah , Lieberman]

and Hazeroth: Concerning the insurrection of Korach [which took place in Hazeroth] (Eileh Hadevarim Rabbah , Lieberman). Another explanation: He said to them, "You should have learned from what I did to Miriam at Hazeroth because of slander; [nevertheless,] you spoke against the Omnipresent" (Sifrei).

and Di-Zahav: (lit., enough gold). He rebuked them for the calf they had made as a result of their abundance of gold, as it is said: "and I gave her much silver and gold, but they made it for Baal" (Hosea 2:10). (cf. Sifrei ; Ber. 32a, Eileh Hadevarim Rabbah , Lieberman).[/spoil:13kq94e0]

I somehow feel as if this explains everything.
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