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Ch. 26, v. 3: "Im b'chukosai teileichu" - Rashi explains that this refers to toiling in Torah study. It cannot mean to fulfill the mitzvos, as this is taught by the words "v'es mitzvosai tishmoru." Since there is a mitzvoh to toil in Torah, as derived from "v'hogiso bo yomom voloyloh," we are back to the original question, that toiling in Torah study itself is included in "v'es mitzvosai tishmoru." We must say that "toiling in Torah" means that whatever activity we are toiling in, we must invest it with the sanctity of Torah. (Rabbi Zvi Hersch of Lomza in Sh'eiris Menachem on parshas Bolok)

Ch. 26, v. 3: "Im b'chukosai teileichu" - Rashi explains that this refers to toiling in Torah study. Why is Torah study considered? Doesn't the mishneh in Pirkei Ovos say that the only truly free person is one who engages in Torah study? The answer is that the verse expresses itself in the plurl form, "teileichU." Beyond a person himself studying Torah, there is the responsibility to see that others do the same. This responsibility involves great toil. (question raised by Rabbi Moshe Leib of Sassov, answer offered by Rabbi Chanoch Zvi haKohein of Bendin in Y'cha'hein P'eir)

Ch. 26, v. 6: "V'nosati sholom bo'oretz ...... v'cherev lo saavor b'artzchem" - If you have internal peace within the land then you will have no enemy from the outside disturbing your peace. (Toldos Yaakov Yoseif)

Ch. 26, v. 9: "Ufonisi a'leichem" - An outstanding Chasidic leader gave much of his time to guide and advise his followers. He was questioned by someone regarding this practice, as he gave up precious time that could have been used to pursue his own Torah study and to increase his Torah knowledge. He responded that in T'hilim 34:11 it says, "Ki ein mach'sor li'rei'ov," - there is no lack (of time) for those who fear Him. Hashem makes sure that such a person is given ample opportunity to pursue all his spiritual quests. This is the meaning of "ufonisi a'eichem," - I will give My "free time" to you who give of their time to help others. (Chidushei HoRi"m)

Ch. 26, v. 13: "Vo'olich es'chem kom'miyus" - We find the word "kom'miyus in our daily prayer of "Ahavas Olom" (alternatively "Ahavoh Raboh" in nusach Ashkenaz). We pray "V'soli'cheinu KOM'MIYUS l'artzeinu." A similar expression with a slight variation appears in "birkas hamozone." It is well known that even people who live outside of Eretz Yisroel want to be buried in Eretz Yisroel. They are transported there after their death in a casket. We pray to Hashem, "May it be Your will that You will bring us KOM'MIYUS l'artzeinu," upright in a vertical position to Eretz Yisroel, rather than after death in a horizontal position. (Nirreh li)

Ch. 26, v. 30: "V'go'aloh nafshi es'chem" - How can it be that by virtue of the bnei Yisroel's transgressing the Torah Hashem will be disgusted with them? Does not the verse say "lo m'astim v'lo g'altim"? "V'go'aloh" does not mean "I will be disgusted," but rather, "I will purge." I will extract the sins from within you. (Baal Shem Tov in K'so'nes Pasim on parshas B'haalos'cho)


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