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1)

What is the translation of "Ulai Natsah mi'Panai"?

1.

Rashi, Ramban #1, Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: 'Had it not turned away 1 from me'.

2.

Ramban #2: It turned aside in doubt


1

Rashi: As if the Torah had written "Lulei Natsah ... ".

2

Ramban: Not on account of the angel, which it saw or sensed, but did not comprehend.

3

Refer to 22:33:3:2.

2)

What is the difference between "Vateit le'Fanai" and Natsah mi'Panai"?

1.

Ramban: There is no difference, because the 'Lamed' in this sense is often replaced with a 'Mem'. 1

2.

Rashbam: The former means 'It turned away from Me', the latter, 'It turned as it reached me'. 2


1

Ramban: As in Bereishis 11:8 and in Tehilim, 36:4.

2

Refer to 22:33:1:4.

3)

And what did the angel mean when he said "Gam oschah Haragti ... "?

1.

Rashi, Ramban #2 and Rashbam: He meant 'I would (not only have stopped you but would) have killed you too, 1 and it would have lived (Consequently, when the ass strayed from the path, it did so exclusively to save Bil'am, thereby implicating Bil'am further for striking it


1

Rashi: As if it had written "Gam Haragti oschah".

2

Seforno: A clear indication that it was a Divine act and not just a chance occurrence.

3

See Ramban's objection to this explanation.

4)

"ve'Osah Hechyeisi" implies that the angel killed the ass. Why did he do that?

1.

Rashi and Ramban 1 (citing Midrash Rabah): To maintain the reputation of Bil'am, who was unable to stand up to its rebuke, 2 (and so that people should not point at the ass and say 'This is the ass that spoke', and proceed to worship it


1

According to the Ramban, that the ass died is based on tradition, and is not learned from the Pasuk.

2

Rashi: Because Hashem has compassion on people and guards their dignity, like we find in Vayikra 20:15 & 16

3

Ramban (Ibid.): As indicated in Bereishis 32:31.

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