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Ch. 4, v. 22: "Nosso es rosh bnei Gershon gam heim" - "Nosso," it can be elevated, "es," through the Torah which is written with the letter Alef through Tof ("es" is spelled Alef-Sof), "bnei Gershon gam heim," even those who are distanced and at this moment chased away from the Torah. (Rabbi Yehoshua of Belz in Imros Kodesh)

Ch. 4, v. 22: "Gam heim l'veis avosom" - It is not sufficient for one to rest on the laurels of the merits of his ancestors, "l'veis avosom." He must also have his our own merits, "gam heim." (Rabbi Shraga Yo'ir of Biala-Berzhig in Aron Eidus)

Ch. 4, v. 23: "Litzvo tzovo" - Even if one only has the "urge to have an urge" to do that which is proper, this also elevates him, "nosso es rosh." (Rabbi Yerachamiel of Parshis'cha in Atoroh L'rosh Tzadik)

Ch. 4, v. 24: "Zose avodas mish'p'chose haGeirshuni laavod u'l'masso" - This is the job of those who are in exile, "haGeirshuni," chased away from their home in Eretz Yisroel, "laavod u'l'masso," to work at carrying the load of the yoke of the exile without complaint. (Rabbi Avrohom Yisochor of Radomsk in Chesed l'Avrohom)

Ch. 5, v. 6: "Limol maal baShem v'oshmoh ha'nefesh ha'hee" - By stating that the "nefesh" has sinned, the verse is indicating that this is a very severe sin. The person who sinned, not only does not recognize that he has done so, but even when Hashem sends him difficulties to make him realize that not all is well spiritually, he complains that Hashem has needlessly made him suffer. He places the guilt on Hashem, "limol maal baShem." (Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Viznitz in Tzemach Tzadik)

Ch. 5, v. 7: "V'hisvadu es chatosom" - The Rambam in hilchos teshuvoh 1:1 writes that when a person sins, whether intentionally or unintentionally, when he has decided to repent he should verbally confess to having sinned. This is a positive mitzvoh. He uses our verse as his source for this halacha. Why did the Torah decide to place this ruling in our verse, which discusses theft, as it could just as easily have been pointed out by any sin that the Torah mentions?

Hashem gives us our life force which enables us to carry out our actions. He wants us to use this power only for mitzvos and not for committing sins. If we commit a sin, besides the sin itself, we have also misused, stolen, the power Hashem imbued in us, and hence it is most appropriate to place the mitzvoh of confessing sins in the parsha of theft. (Chidushei Hori"m)

Ch. 5, v. 7: "V'hisvadu es chatosom asher ossu" - This phrase is expressed in the plural form, while the verse began in the singular form, "v'oshmoh ha'nefesh ha'hee." This is because the gemara Yoma 86b says when even one person properly repents it brings atonement for the whole world. This is to be understood as his repentance will bring an atmosphere of repentance that will bring others to do the same. Thus when he confesses his sin, it is not only he who repents, but the masses do so as well. (Rabbi Shmuel Zvi of Alexander in Tiferes Shmuel)


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