וילך. בערים רבות היו ישראל יושבים כי רבים היו. וכלם יקראו ארץ רעמסם אולי בעיר אחרת היתה זאת: AND THERE WENT. Because of their great number the Israelites lived in many cities. All of the latter were called the land of Rameses.1All of the cities where the Israelites dwelt were in the land of Rameses. Perhaps this woman was in another city.2The woman whom the son of Levi married lived in another city. Hence our verse reads, And there went… that is, he went from his city to another city and took a woman from there.
בת לוי. בן ישראל והיא אחות אביו. ולא דבר נכונה האומר. כי תבואת השדה הנזרעת בשדה אחרת רק באותו שדה עצמו לא תצליח כראוי כי עיקר איסור ערוה היה להיות ישראל קדושים: A DAUGHTER OF LEVI. Son of Israel.3Jacob the patriarch. Cf. Num. 26:59. She was the sister of his father.4The man spoken of in our verse is Amram and the woman, Jochebed. Levi begot Kohath and Jochebed. Kohath begat Amram. Thus Amram married his aunt Jochebed. See Ex. 6:16-20.The person who says that wheat sown in another field will succeed, while wheat planted in the same field will not,5This scholar explains that the Bible prohibits incestuous marriages because such relationships produce defective offspring. Some moderns agree. does not speak the truth.6Amram married his aunt Jochebed. Marriages to aunts were eventually prohibited by the Pentateuch (Lev. 18:12). Nevertheless, the result of this relationship was Moses, a perfect physical and spiritual specimen (Krinsky, Filwarg). The main reason that close relatives are forbidden to have sexual relations with each other is to sanctify Israel.7If sexual relations with close relations were permitted, people would overindulge in sex because these relatives are readily available. Maimonides offers a similar explanation for the prohibition of having sexual relations with close relatives.