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Ch. 4, v. 26: "V'eis kol asher yei'o'seh lo'hem v'ovodu" - All that Hashem has done to a person, i.e. creating the circumstances in which he finds himself, "v'ovodu," is the perfect setting for the person to serve Hashem. (Rabbi Moshe of Psheversk - Ohr Pnei Moshe, Rabbi Moshe Kliers Gava"d of T'verioh)

Ch. 5, v. 4: "Va'yaasu chein bnei Yisroel va'y'shalchu osom el michutz lamacha'neh" - The bnei Yisroel who fulfilled their mitzvos by rote, "va'yaasu CHEIN," discarded these mitzvos and resolved to do mitzvos with enthusiasm in the future. (Nirreh li)

Ch. 5, v. 6: "Ki yaasu mikol chatos ho'odom" - When one transgresses any sin it is based on the sin of "Odom horishon," primary man. (Noam Elimelech)

Ch. 5, v. 7: "V'hisvadu es chatosom asher ossu" - These words are the basis for the component of verbal confession in the overall act of repenting. People are quick to blame outside circumstances for their shortcomings. This puts a major damper on their teshuvoh process. The first step is that they come to the realization that they, and only they, are responsible for their actions. "V'his vadu es chatosom," when they confess their sin, the first step is to admit "asher ossu," that THEY did it. (Rabbi Yoseif Moshe of Zalozhitz in Bris Avrom) The Rambam clearly states this idea in hilchos teshuvoh 5:4.

Ch. 5, v. 10: "Ish asher yi'tein laKohein lo yi'h'yeh" - A person who gives the proper tithes of holy items to the Kohein will have for himself, i.e. his objects left over after tithing imbibe sanctity, even though they are secular, "chulin." (Rabbi Yehoshua of Belz in Imrei Kodesh)

Ch. 5, v. 17: "Umin he'ofor" - We combine holy water, the script of parshas sotoh, and sand from the ground. This teaches us that we should study the Torah with enthusiasm, symbolized by water, and with humility, symbolized by sand. (Adaptation of the words of the Holy Baal Shem Tov)

Ch. 6, v. 2: "Ish ki yafli" - One who is a complete person of high stature, as ISH, is able to work wonders, "ki yafli." (Noam Elimelech)

Ch. 6, v. 11: "V'chi'per olov mei'asher choto al hano'fesh" - Rabbi Elozor Hakapor says that his sin is that he deprived his body of wine (gemara Taanis 11a). A penitent came to the Holy Admor Rabbi Yechezkeil of Kuzhmir, stating that he had sinned greatly and was now ready to undergo extreme deprivation of food and the like to serve as atonement for his despicable acts. The Holy Rebbe responded, "You've already put your soul into the filthy earth, and now you want to do the same to your body by destroying it! It is better for you to just seriously accept upon yourself to behave properly in the future and feel remorse for the past."

Ch. 6, v. 23,24: "Koh s'vorachu es bnei Yisroel omore lo'hem, Y'vorech'cho" - "Lohem" is plural, while "Y'vorech'cho" is singular. This teaches us that the efficacy of the blessings is predicated upon unity. (Noam M'godim)


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