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    4. RASHI METHOD: ALIGNMENT
    BRIEF EXPLANATION: Aligning two almost identically worded verselets can suggest
    • (4a) 2 cases of the same incident or law
    • (4b) emphasis on the nuances of a case
    • (4c) use of broad vs literal usage of words
    This examples applies to Rashis Dt21-08a
    URL Reference: (c) http://www.Rashiyomi.com/rule1305.htm
    Brief Summary: a) .... PLEASE ATONE the Jewish people for this accidental murder b) .... IT WILL BE ATONED RASHI: Once the priests do the ceremony there is atonement.

The table below presents an aligned extract of verses or verselets in Dt21-07:08a Both verses/verselets discuss the atonement procedure when a person accidentally murdered is found. The alignment justifies the Rashi comment that: 1) The priests do the entire procedure and then 2a) They request: Please atone the Jews for this death 2b) [And you God concur]: The death is atoned for. Although God is not explicitly stated as the Person who states (2b), the inference of his Authorship is justified by the contrast of the active atone vs. the passive atoned which suggests a corresponding contrast between the Priests and God.

Verse Text of Verse Rashi comment
Dt21-07:08a
    The elders of the city...the priests....
  • And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, nor have our eyes seen it.
    • [Said by Priests] Atone, O Lord, to your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, and lay not innocent blood to your people of Israelís charge.
    • [Decreed by God]And the blood shall be atoned them.
1) The priests do the entire procedure and then 2a) They request: Please atone the Jews for this death 2b) [And you God concur]: The death is atoned for. Although God is not explicitly stated as the Person who states (2b), the inference of his Authorship is justified by the contrast of the active atone vs. the passive atoned which suggests a corresponding contrast between the Priests and God.
Dt21-07:08a
    The elders of the city...the priests....
  • And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, nor have our eyes seen it.
    • [Said by Priests] Atone, O Lord, to your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, and lay not innocent blood to your people of Israelís charge.
    • [Decreed by God]And the blood shall be atoned them.


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