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I found this drasha on the Daf Yomi Notes for Megillah 16: The Gemora relates that Achashverosh ordered Haman to get Mordechai, dress him in the royal garments and lead him through the city on the king’s horse proclaiming, “Thus shall be done for the man whom the king wishes to honor.” Haman located Mordechai teaching his students the laws of ...


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My answer is based on my own analysis of the context of the verses you are mentioning. Usually, a parsha "break" is used to separate ideas or stories. Keep in mind, that for the most part, the verses you are mentioning list names of places. However, as verse 2 of the same chapter implies, these travels were also indicated because special events happened, ...


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The Rambam (Malachim U'Milchamos 1:2) says that the Mitzvah of destroying Amalek only applies once a King is appointed, and a King is only appointed after they have conquered the land. So the need for armaments would not have been then, but rather only later.


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The death of the Kohen Gadol absolved the accidental murderer of his need to remain in the city of refuge, and the avenger could no longer kill him. The avenger cannot kill him no matter where he is residing after the death of the Kohen Gadol. Thus, the accidental murderers would pray for the death of the Kohen Gadol, and his mother would try to appease ...


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I would suggest that while there may have been no difference between Avraham's animals and R' Pinchas ben Yair's animals, it's still true that one should endeavor, as much as possible, to prevent one's animals from doing wrong (whether eating other's stuff, or eating Tevel). Therefore, even though he may not have had to, Avraham still put in effort to make ...


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R' Schwab in Maayan Beis Hasho'eva uses this question to answer two other questions (My summary looks long, but it's really pretty brief). He is bothered how Chazal knew from the words כי הולך הוא (Bamidbar 22:22) that Bilaam was going out of a desire to curse Israel: כי הולך הוא" - ראה שהדבר רע בעיני המקום ונתאוה לילך" And his second question is why ...


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There should be no difference between P.b.Y.'s donkey & Avraham Avinu's camels, even when in Eliezer's possession - as the gemara says in Gittin 7a, HaShem keeps the beheimos of tzadikim from sinning through eating forbidden food.


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The first place is when they come to Moshe with the original request. At that time, Moshe asks Hashem whether they are right, and Hashem tells him that yes, they are. However, at this point, it is still completely theoretical. Later on, the Torah actually starts talking about dividing the land, more-specifically, the land on the East Bank, part of which ...


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The question in 36:1-4 was not brought by the Bnos Tzelaphchad but by the leaders of the tribe of Menasheh. The daughters of Tzelaphchad had been told that they could marry whomever they wanted. The tribals leaders realized that if they married outside the tribe, then the land that the women inhertited would become part of their husbands' tribes (when their ...


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It is a prohibition not to stand by as another Jew is in any kind of danger, be it physical or financial. ALL of the Monei Hamitzvos include it. See Behag 93, Saadia Gaon 61, Rambam 297, Semag 165, Ramban 293, Chinuch 237, Semak 79, etc.


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See Rashi, Sifsei Chachamim and Ramba"n on Breishit 31:48-50 that explain a reference to why in Sefer Shoftim, Har Gil'ad is called "Mitzpeh" over there. In this verse, Rashi makes a reference to the word "Mitzpah" which means "look-out".Rashi on v 49 starts by explaining "The 'Mitzpah' that is in Mt. Gil'ad" prior to referring to the verse in Shoftim. In ...


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The place called Gilaad was captures by Gilaad, as we see with Novach,another grandson of Menashe.


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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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In Chronicles II 26, Uzziah's delinquent service is opposed by the head priest Azariah, and 80 companions. Perhaps Uzziah is called Azariah to hint that he attempted to fulfill the role of this priest. The Midrash Tanhuma Noah 13 discusses Uzziah's blunder. It says that he forsook Torah for land, which led to his error. He overheard a discussion of the ...


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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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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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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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The fact that Naomi waited and did not make this claim until Ruth was recognized as being worthy of marriage (to Boaz) suggests that she was planning this from the start of her return to Eretz Yisrael. The claim that she had on the marriage of her son-in-law Ploni Almoni to Ruth was biased by the land rights too (even though this land was not directly hers). ...


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During the first time he went into "Yaakov's tesnt" because he was the main person that he suspected. When he went back, since he had already searched Yaakov's posessions completely, he had realized that he had not been thorough enough with Rachel's possessions. Apparently he first suspected Yaakov, then Leah as the "first wife". He then realized that Rachel ...


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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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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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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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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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We know that G-d changed Avram's name to AvrAHam. This "AH" was a status change, it may be possible that Balaq was the son of TzipporAH with a diminish of her status change. It wouldn't have been the first time that a man was named from the son of his mother instead of his father.



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