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In otzros hatorah page 263 on "vayiftach hashem es pi haton" rabenu bechayeh is quoted asking that Bilam should have been amazed but he was not. He should have marveled at this wonder. However because of his cruelty and evil nature and desire to go curse the Jews, he answered the donkey's question. It continues that from here you can understand why people ...


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As the Ibn Ezra writes (Bamidbar 21:22) אל תבקש דקדוק בשמות don't expect/ask for grammatical care when it comes to names


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I heard Rabbi Frand give this Derasha in person, but I found it online, so here it is: If a person had any doubts about whether what he was doing was right or wrong, and his car suddenly stopped and told him "Don't Go" (and not just one of those recorded voices saying "Your seatbelt isn't buckled...") -- would that not cause the person to at least stop ...


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Radak explains that the verse is saying that Hiram was from the Tribe of Naftali, meaning that his father was from Naftali. He is called Tyrian because that was where he lived. So his father was from Naftali and his mother was from Dan. Parenthetically, the commentary attributed to Rashi on Chronicles explains that Huram's mother's tribe is given based ...


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Had he delayed, and not hurried to fight Midyan, could he have prolonged his life indefinitely? Prior to your question we must ask a more basic question: Would delaying prolong his life? It sounds plausible that it would have, but it also sounds like that is not the point. Instead, the point seems to be that even though his death was the next major ...


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I had asked this question to a professor of Hebrew many years ago and he told me that the word שבת is female. The confusion arises because the Torah often refers to the day of שבת, which is male. Thus, 35:2 refers to the seventh day שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים תֵּעָשֶׂה מְלָאכָה וּבַיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי יִהְיֶה לָכֶם קֹדֶשׁ שַׁבַּת שַׁבָּתוֹן לַיהֹוָה כָּל הָעֹשֶׂה ...


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I think you are confusing 2 types of conversions for slaves. See the Rambam in הלכות איסורי ביאה פרק יג ז: כשם שמולין ומטבילין את הגרים, כך מולין ומטבילין את העבדים הנלקחים מן הגויים לשם עבדות. הלוקח עבד מן הגוי, וקדם העבד וטבל לשם בן חורין--קנה עצמו: והוא שיאמר בעת טבילה, הריני טובל בפניכם לשם גירות; ואם טבל בפני רבו, אינו צריך לפרש, אלא כיון שטבל, ...


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Apologies in advance that this answer is based on anecdotal evidence. I have not done a systematic study of either ibn Ezra or Minchas Shai, but have searched through the texts as best as possible. In all the examples I can find, ibn Ezra discusses the gender of the noun as being different than usual, rather than assert that the "incorrect" gender of ...


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According to this article from Bar Ilan, although I know the idea is brought down in a commentary of Ralba"g as well, everything from B'midbar 22:20 (through :35?) was a dream. No need to be shocked at talking animals in dreams.


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There are various explanations among the commentators; here's the M'tzudos'. I've put in square brackets the parts that don't translate the verse. And after the sixty-two [complete] seven-year periods [from the start of the construction of the second Temple], the anointed [Agrippa] will be cut down and gone, and the nation [Rome] of the ruler ([Titus] ...


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Targum Pseudo-Yonasan on "כי יצא הקצף מלפני ה׳" renders: ארום נפק מחבלא דאתכלו בחורב דשמיה קצף מן קדם ה׳ בהורמנא That is (apparently): for a destroyer which was withheld at Horeb, whose name is קצף, has come out from before God with a command(? permission?) The anonymous "Perush Yonasan" in my Chumash explains: When Moses was on Horeb to ...


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The Ohr Hachayim has a cool explanation of the phrase בן ציפור - that Balak, who (he says) was a greater magician than Bilaam, was an expert ornithomancer, and had a magical bird that told him everything that he needed to know. In context of the first pasuk in the parsha, "Balak saw, through his bird, everything that the Jewish people did...", and via that ...


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My best guess is that because the letters are interchangeable they were switched. Which is proper though, I can't tell you. You could also ask this question on many other cases throughout Tanach. As an example from this week's parsha (Pinchas), Rashi talks about several names that are spelled differently between lists.


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A few answers exist to this question. First of all, we can reject the assumptions that just because we know of one particular Midianite woman who was involved (i.e. Kosbi bas Tzur), many other Midianite women were also involved, and that the command to attack Midian as opposed to Moav means that Midianite women were more at fault. In fact, the Gemara ...


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Targum Pseudo Jonathan in the beginning of Balak states, (english) that Moab and Midian were a united nation and kingdom up to this point. Perhaps we can say from this that Moab was an umbrella term for the kingdom as it is mentioned in Chukat as a geographic location. Midian on the other hand was a district within it from which young women were enlisted to ...


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It seems that there is no conflict with the two ideas. Refer to Avot D'Rav Natan Ch. 1 Mishnah 4 which describes the advice that Balak gave Bil'am. In brief, just before Bil'am leaves Balak, he advises Balak that the way to defeat B'nai Yisra'el is to provide tents with food and beautiful royal women. This way God will be angry with B'nai Yisra'el. Balak ...



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