(7:26) Do not bring any abomination [that is, idolatry] into your house, since you may become just like it. Shun it totally and consider it absolutely offensive, since it is banned.
Do not bring any abomination into your house R. Yochanan said: A person who is conceited is as though he worshiped idols, for it says “Every haughty person is an abomination to God” (Proverbs 16:5), and “abomination” signifies idol worship (Sotah 4b).
(8:9) It is a land where you will eat bread without poverty, and you will not lack anything—a land whose stones are iron, and from whose mountains you will mine copper.
a land whose stones are iron R. Abba said: A Torah scholar who is not as hard and unyielding as iron is not a true Torah scholar, as it says “A land whose stones, avaneha, are iron.” Don't read avaneha, “stones” read instead boneha, “its builders.” Torah scholars are the builders of the future of the Jewish people. They must be unyielding and steadfast in deciding the Halachah. Ravin said: Despite that, a Torah scholar must train himself to be gentle, for it says “Banish anger from your