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      5. RASHI METHOD: CONTRADICTION
      BRIEF EXPLANATION:Rashi resolves contradictory verses using 3 methods.
      • (5a) Resolution using two aspects of the same event
      • (5b) Resolution using two stages of the same process
      • (5c) Resolution using broad-literal interpretation.
      This example applies to Rashis Lv25-54b
      URL Reference: (c) http://www.Rashiyomi.com/w33n18.htm
      Brief Summary: When you sell yourself to a non-Jew he is liable for (food) maintenance for both you and your children.

The table below presents presents two contradictory verses. Both verses talk about a Jew who sold himself as a slave to a non-Jew. The underlined words highlight the contradiction. One verse says if the Jew sells himself while the other verse says he and his sons go free. Which is it? Did he sell only himself or did he sell his children also? Rashi simply resolves this using the 2 aspects method: The buyer owns only the Jew but is liable for (food) maintenance of both the Jew and his small children.

Summary Verse / Source Text of verse / Source
The Jew sells (only) himself Lv25-47 And if a sojourner or stranger becomes rich by you, and your brother who dwells by him becomes poor, and sell himself to the stranger or sojourner by you, or to the offspring of the strangerís family;
Both The Jew and his children leave the aegis of the non-Jew who was responsible for food maintenance Lv25-54b And if he is not redeemed in these years, then he shall go out in the year of jubilee, both he, and his children with him.
Resolution: 2 Aspects: The buyer owns the Jew but is liable for (food) maintenance of both the Jew and his small children.


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