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1)

What does "Ulai Uchal Nakeh bo" mean?

1.

Rashi #1: It means 'Let us' (between the two of us) smite them'. 1

2.

Rashi #2 and Targum Yonasan: 'Perhaps I will be able to diminish them. 2

3.

Ramban: 'I, together with Midyan will be able to defeat them'.

4.

Seforno: 'Perhaps, after you curse them, we will be able to defeat them


1

According to this translation, the word "Uchal" does not seem to it in.

2

Rashi: As in Bava Metzi'a, 105b.

2)

What did Balak mean when he said to Bil'am that, whoever Bil'am blessed was indeed blessed ... ?

1.

Rashi: Refer to 22:6:3:1.

2.

Seforno: In fact, Bil'am did not have the ability to bless, 1 only to curse, 2 and Balak only mentioned blessing in deference to Bil'am. 3

3.

Rashbam: Balak knew full well that either Bil'am was a prophet and that his power lay in prophesy, or that he was a sorcerer, 4 and he only mentioned blessing and cursing here because they assumed that his payers and his sacrifices too, would be effective.


1

Seforno: Which is why he Bil'am did not ask him for an eternal B'rachah for success, or at least that he should succeed in keeping Yisrael at bay.

2

Seforno: By mentioning his victim's sins or because he knew the exact moment when Hashem was angry (See Torah Temimah on 23:8).

3

Seforno: Not to convey the impression that he considered him a Mazik. Refer to 22:6:3:1*.

4

Rashbam: As the Pasuk describes him in Yehoshua, 13:22.

3)

From where did Balak know that whoever Bil'am blessed was blessed ... ?

1.

Rashi: From the battle against Sichon, whom Bil'am assisted, via his blessing, to defeat Mo'av. 1


1

See also Ba'al ha'Turim. Refer to 22:6:2:3.

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