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The Imrei Emes explained that we see that the daughters of Zlophchad cherished the land of Israel from when they made their request. Zlophchad died as either the wood-chopper of Bamidbar 15:32 or as one of those who attempted to go into Eretz Yisroel after the sin of the spies in Bamidbar 14:40. So Zlophchad died before the decree of the 40 years. And yet ...


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You will find that the daughters of Tzelophchad were of one of the Machirite families of Menashe. The Macherites were that half-tribe that wanted to stay on the Transjordan and forgo the land of israel because they though there would be more land for their cattle. The men of Menashe were not praised for insisting on maintaining the headrights of the ...


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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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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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See Midrash Tanchuma - Matot Ch. 3 (also brought in Rashi on Bamidbar 31:6) (- regarding why Pinchas was chosen to wage war with Midyan) ולמה שלח פנחס. מי שהתחיל במצוה, גומרה. הוא השיב את חמתי והכה את המדינית, יגמור מצותו. Why was Pinchas sent? The one who began the mitzvah - shall finish it. He turned My anger away by killing the Mideanitess - ...


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Good question. Or HaChaim (Bamidbar 25:8) asks the same question, and answers that she had the דין of the animal involved in bestiality -- "ואת הבהמה תהרוגו," "and you shall kill the animal" (Vayikra 20:15). וידקר את שניהם וגו'. קשה בשלמא דקירת איש ישראל כמשפט ההלכה, שקנאים פוגעים בו, אבל האשה אינה חייבת מיתה ואינה מצווה, ואם על חששת היותה אשת איש לא ...


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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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This seems to be a Masoretic quirk. The Masorah (in the "Damascus Keter") for that verse notes this unusual occurance and lists the other places in Tanakh where שבת is punctuated this way. [The word] Shabbat [thus punctuated appears] 4 [times]. And their mnemonic: Vehayta Olat Lehakhin Kodshecha. And all [instances of the phrase] Shabbat Shabbaton [are ...



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