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Eradicating Illness

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In Parshat Ekev (Dvarim 7:15) we are told:

This shall be the reward when you listen to these laws, and you observe and perform them; HaShem your God will safeguard for you the covenant and the kindness that he swore to your forefathers. He will love you and bless you and multiply you and he will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your Land; your grain, your wine and your oil; the offspring of your cattle and the flocks of your sheep and goats; on the Land that He swore to your forefathers to give to you. You will be the most blessed of all of the peoples; there will be no infertile male or infertile female among you or among your animals. HaShem will remove from you every illness; and all the bad maladies of Egypt that you knew- He will not put them upon you, but will inflict them upon your enemies.

According to Sforno, “HaShem will remove from you every illness” indicates any manner of illness including those that are the result of climatic conditions. “Bad maladies” refers to those that are contagious. “That you knew” hints to the illnesses that the Egyptians were smitten with at the Sea of Reeds.

Sforno concludes that even though these diseases will strike your enemies, they will not infect you, as described in Tehilim 91:5-7:

You shall not fear the terror of night; nor the arrow that........

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