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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 Lv27-31a
    URL Reference: (c) http://www.Rashiyomi.com/v33n19.htm
    Brief Summary: The holiness of TITHE is uniform to all; The 20% redemption rule applies only to YOUR TITHE

The table below presents an aligned extract of verses or verselets in Lv27-31a Both verses/verselets discuss that plant tithe is holy (that is, it can't be eaten like ordinary food but must be eaten in holiness in Jerusalem) The alignment justifies the Rashi assertion that The fifth rule only applies to your tithe that is to tithe of the owner. In other words if the owner redeems his tithe he must pay its value and 25% more while if a non-owner redeems a friends tithe he only pays value without any addition. By contrast the tithe-holiness rule applies to tithe whether of the owner or any other person. In other words tithe is holy (forbidden to be eaten except in a holy state in Jerusalem) whether it is the tithe of the owner or a friend.

Verse Text of Verse Rashi comment
Lv27-31a And if a man will at all redeem any of his tithes, he shall add to it a fifth part. The fifth rule only applies to your tithe that is to tithe of the owner. In other words if the owner redeems his tithe he must pay its value and 25% more while if a non-owner redeems a friends tithe he only pays value without any addition.
Lv27-30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lordís; it is holy to the Lord By contrast the tithe-holiness rule applies to tithe whether of the owner or any other person. In other words tithe is holy (forbidden to be eaten except in a holy state in Jerusalem) whether it is the tithe of the owner or a friend.


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