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In Chapter 25 we see that the Moabite women seduced some Israelites into temple prostitution. Therefore when God commanded Israel to raze the people of Midian he wanted the armies to kill the woman also and not take them as spoils of war. They did not do it at first but kept all the woman as booty. God was angry with them for that and then he makes it ...


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Rashi (to Num. 31:6) quotes a Midrash that Bil'am used magic to lift himself and the Midianite kings into the air, but that Pinchas counteracted that by displaying the tzitz, causing them to all fall down - literally על חלליהם, "on the corpses" (of the other Midianites) as in v. 8. Radak (to Josh. 13:22) cites this as well, and adds that Pinchas actually ...


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The Maharsha answers that first they stoned him a little then they put a little wick in his mouth again not to the extent of death, they choked him almost until death and finally they chopped off his head killing him, thereby getting a bit of all the Deaths of Beis Din. The Shevus Yackov has a more an interesting answer. He claims is that Billam with his ...


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The Talmud (Bavli, Y'vamos 60:2) deduces from the wording of the passage that the ones killed were not the women who had been intimate with men but those who physically could be, which is those who had reached their third birthday. (This is also cited by Rashi on verse 17.)


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R' Hirsch's commentary on verse 5 addresses this curiosity: This repeated restarting their speech implies a pause, and shows that they themselves were not without suspicion as to how their proposition would be received. They required a pause to pull themselves together to continue bringing their request forward.


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Rabbi Moshe Leib of Sasov (Sassow?) reinterpreted it as follows: "אֵלֶּה הַחֻקִּים אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה ה׳ אֶת מֹשֶׁה בֵּין אִישׁ לְאִשְׁתּוֹ" — these laws, the Torah, make a connection (צוותא) between a man and his wife on the one hand and God on the other, so that God's immanence (שכינה) dwells with them — "בֵּין אָב לְבִתּוֹ בִּנְעֻרֶיהָ בֵּית אָבִיהָ" — but ...


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Ramban's commentary on Bamidbar 31:6 says: וישלח אתם משה אלף למטה - לא שלח שם כל עם הצבא, ואע"פ שהיו המדיינים עם רב והערים בצורות גדולות מאד. ‏ והטעם כי הנכשלים בבנות מואב היו רבים ואינם ראויים לנקמת ה', על כן בחרו אנשים צדיקים וידועים לשבטיהם. ‏ ... ויתכן עוד שנאמר, כי משה נצטווה צרור את המדיינים (לעיל כה יז): ונקום נקמת בני ...



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