hebrew
1)

Why did Balak think that this time Bil'am would succeed?

1.

Seforno: Te thought that perhaps the section of the people that Bil'am would now see would be more susceptible to curse than the previous one.

2)

What is the meaning of "Vekaboso li mi'Sham"?

1.

Rashi, Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: It means 'You will 1 curse them for me there".


1

Rashi: It is a statement following the word "Ulai", not a command.

3)

Having categorically informed him that Hashem blessed Yisrael and would not curse them, why did Balak persist with his request that Bil'am curse them?

1.

Ramban (on Pasuk 24): Having accepted the fact that Yisrael were blessed and were destined to capture Eretz Cana'an, he hoped that he would still manage to deal them a blow 1


1

Ramban: Becayse he was nevertheless afraid of them (Refer to 22:3:1:1*).

2

Ramban: As Yiftach told the King of Amon (See Shoftim, chap. 11).

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