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Why is no mention made of the reaction, of Balak’s officers who were accompanying Bilaam, to the talking donkey or the revelation of the angel?

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Perhaps they were astounded, but the pasuk does not mention it, because it is not relevant to the narrative.

Alternatively, perhaps because this was all part of a dream sequence? See Ibn Caspi, or see Dr. Yitzchak Levine.

Where were Balaam's two servants during these discussions and events? Where were Balak's officials and dignitaries? Not in the dream! Only in the morning, when Balaam awakened and actually set out on his way, were they with him. Likewise, as regards the contradictory stance, as it were, of the Almighty (Question 8 above), only if one does not pay close attention to the structure of this description does it seem that G-d, after giving Balaam permission to go, was angry at him again, and then in the end He once again changed His mind and permitted Balaam to set out. But this only seems so if one does not distinguish the general heading (v. 20) from the details of the dream that follow. The inappropriateness of some of the angel's remarks as well, stem from the fact that Balaam was dreaming.

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The Daas Z’keinim and Paneiach Raza write that the angel killed the officers who were traveling with Bilaam, which explains why no further mention is made of them. Rabbeinu Bechaye explains that they were traveling in front of Bilaam and therefore didn’t observe or hear the commotion and exchange between Bilaam, his donkey, and the angel. Alternatively, even if they were present, they weren’t on the same spiritual level as Bilaam, and they were unable to see or hear anything out of the ordinary. Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman suggests that even though they witnessed and heard the exchange, the officers didn’t reflect on the miraculous scene that they had witnessed and it made no impression on them to reconsider the propriety of their plans, so no reaction was mentioned on their part.

From:Parsha Potpourri Points to Ponder

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Thats a really good Sheet. –  YRU Jun 25 '10 at 0:35
Can you explain the Daas Z'keinim et al in light of 22:35 - The angel of the Lord said to Balaam, "Go with these men, but the word I will speak to you-that you shall speak." So Balaam went with Balak's dignitaries. - chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/9950/showrashi/true#v35 –  Menachem Feb 29 '12 at 20:38

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