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Rav Shmuel Rozovsky says that the Rambam concludes that the reason why one must leave these amounts of lines is because “perhaps he will cut the Sefer.” Rav Shmuel explains that the Rambam is elucidating that the reason why he must leave four lines between each Chumash, even though the sefer does not have the kedushah of a Sefer Torah, is because perhaps he will come to cut it off. Maybe the sefer that has the Torah written on it will attain the kedushah of a Sefer Torah. Therefore, one must leave four lines between each of the Chumashim in case it will one day become a Sefer Torah.

Accordingly, we can conclude that the Rambam indeed agrees with the Chidushei Anshei Shem that only three of the lines are left for separation purposes, and that the fourth line is left due to the general halacha that every parshah must have a line after it.

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Rabbi Fuchs learned in Yeshivas Toras Moshe, where he became a close talmid of Rav Michel Shurkin, shlit”a. While he was there he received semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, shlit”a. He then learned in Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, and became a close talmid of Rav Shmuel Berenbaum, zt”l. Rabbi Fuchs received semicha from the Mirrer Yeshiva as well. After Rav Shmuel’s petira Rabbi Fuchs learned in Bais Hatalmud Kollel for six years. He is currently a Shoel Umaishiv in Yeshivas Beis Meir in Lakewood, and a Torah editor and weekly columnist at The Jewish Press.
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