From Rabbi Baruch HaLevi Epstein
בי ה קרפ רבדמבותשְִא הטְִֶ-יִכ שיִא שיִא םֶהֵלֲא ָתְרַמְ לֵאָרְ יֵנְ-לֶא רֵַ:לעַָמ וב הָלעֲָמ
א/גס ףד רב סמרפל הטס רפ המסנ המל ןנחי יבר רמאןהל ןננ ניא רמ מר ל י ל ךל רמל רמ מרא ידי ל ןהל ךרצנ ףס
When one’s wife becomes a Sotah, the husband would now need a Cohen to conduct the proper procedures for the test of the waters of a Sotah. Why is one punished with evident misbehavior of one’s wife as a result of the person’s improper dealings with a Cohen? Such a person is evidentlystingy and greedy to withhold from the Cohen, so he probably withholds the desires of his wifeleading her to seek outlets elsewhere.One can also answer according to the Gemara (Sotah 2a) that a person connects with a wife as fitting withone’s level. (Thus, the ethical type of wife is appropriate for this type of ethical behavior of the man)According to this latter explanation, we can explain the Gemara there that states that Reish Lakesh beginsteaching the Gemara Sotah with this saying that a person connects with a wife as fitting with theman’s level. The Gemara does not explain why he would begin specifically with this saying. Now wecan understand that Reish Lakesh was bothered about the question above why a person who does not provide appropriately to the Cohen would lead to his wife sinning and now needing a Cohen. And,thus, the concept that a man receives a wife fitting to his level, begins the appropriate understandingof the events that surround a Sotah.
BLESSINGS OF THE COHEN
ד קרפ רבדמב:ָךֶרְמשְְ 'ה ָךְֶרָבְי
מ אקסיפ אנ רפ ירפיס הא ךירב ריב הא ךרב רמא אה ן רפמה הרבב 'ה ךרבי'ה ךרבי ]'ג[ ךאבב הא ךרב ךראמ ךאנט ךרב ]'ג[ הדבםיסנב ךרמי םיסנב
The intention of these three verses includes three matters. The first blessing includes physical blessingswithin this world, explicitly. The second blessing includes spiritual blessings. And the third blessingincludes a blessing in the situations where one should be receiving a punishment for misdeeds (beingmerciful beyond the letter of the law).Rabbi Epstein cites a few Midrashim that have a source in these versesךכרביו – blessed with wealth ךרמשיו – that one should give charity from your money (ןוממ)The word money should have been written ונוממ; written without an extra Vav since givencharity makes one’s money lacking.ךכרביו – blessed with sons ךרמשיו – blessed with daughters (that require guarding)PARSHAPAGES.com www.parshapages.blogspot.com