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See Talmud Bavli Shabbat 89: מדבר סיני שירדה שנאה לעכו"ם עליו ומה שמו חורב שמו ופליגא דר' אבהו דא"ר אבהו הר סיני שמו ולמה נקרא הר חורב שירדה חורבה לעכו"ם עליו [Why was it called] the Wilderness of Sinai, because hostility [sin'ah] toward idolaters descended thereon. Whilst what was its [real] name? Its name was Horeb. Now they disagree with R. Abbahu, ...


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Sifsei Chachamim brings this question from Rabi Elazar Mizrachi who left it as a question. The Sifsei Chachamim goes on to suggest that this limud is to tell us that Shevet Levi was not even involved in the council to send spies. He quotes Rashi, who's words are now clearer, who says Levi was not with them, but did not say Levi did not go with them.


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The grammarian's answer is that cholam and shuruk are interchangeable. So writes Radak, Ben-Zev, and one of today's greatest Hebrew grammarians, R. Meir Mazuz. Why one is chosen in one instance and the other in another is simply a matter of style. Interestingly, R. Yosef Bechor Shor interprets "מול" here as "to cut" as it is used most often in reference to ...


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The Gur Aryeh explains this Rashi. He cites the question of Rabbi Eliyahu Mizrachi (the Re'em) והקשה הרא״ם, דכבר כתיב בפרשת שלח (במדבר יג, ל-טו) שנים עשר אנשים, כל אחד בשמו, ולא נכתב כלל אחד משבט לוי עמהם, and then answers: ואין זה קשיא, דהאי ׳מגיד׳, פירושו, מה שהוצרך משה רבנו עליו השלום לומר לישראל ״שנים עשר אנשים״, כדי לומר משה לישראל ...


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The Art Scroll Chumash on Mattos 32:16 cites Abarbanel who says that they intended to rebuild and refortify the cities. I have seen in a number of places that had they left those remaining behind defenseless, the "inhabitants of the land" surrounding the areas captured would have moved in and conquered the areas occupied by Reuven and Gad. The Art Scroll ...


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The Golden Calf icon seems to be associated with Hashem. Aharon, Jeroboam, and Jehu (all of whom create or, in Jehu's case, do not destroy, calf-idols) never mention any other god in connection with their actions. In fact they all present themselves as worshiping Hashem, albeit in a way that the Torah disproves of.


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One of the reasons the Or HaChaim gives on that pasuk in parshas Pinchas for the piska in the middle of the passuk is those words 'and it was after the plague' serve one purpose for the preceding parsha and another purpose for the upcoming parsha. This reasoning would apply to the passuk in Devarim as well. 'They turned to pass the way of the desert of ...


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Divrei Hayamim I 5:10 and 5:19-22 mentions a war between the two and a half tribes and the "Hagarites" in the time of Shaul (and there's a Midrash - right now I don't remember the location - that says that actually it was in the time of Yehoshua). So even if the Emorites were wiped out, there were certainly other dangerous tribes and nations.


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The original command was that they should turn around and travel back into the midbar. However, in Bamidbar 14:39 - 45 says that after Moshe Rabbinu gave the command, the B'nai Yisrael rebelled and tried to force their way into the land and were massively defeated. As a result of this, Rav Hirsch on Devarim 1:46 says that This "staying quietly" at the ...



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