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The cantillation on "מִֽמָּחֳרַ֤ת הַחֹ֙דֶשׁ֙ הַשֵּׁנִ֔י" puts "מִֽמָּחֳרַ֤ת הַחֹ֙דֶשׁ֙" together as a phrase; hence, "the day after the month". The following "הַשֵּׁנִ֔י", "the second", is then difficult, and the commentators explain it as they do (which seems very reasonable to me FWIW). Contrast "בַּחֹ֙דֶשׁ֙ הַשְּׁלִישִׁ֔י", "in the month, the third one", ...


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1)Why are the Jews letting the Plishtim dictate the terms of engagement? Why not simply attack if they believe it is the will of God? The Jews has been unable to defeat the Plishtim (besides for Shimshon -- albeit on a microscale) for around 400 years. They had better technology (i.e. iron armor and chariots as evidenced by the posukim), and the "covenants" ...



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