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1)

What are the connotations of "Vayisa Bil'am es Einav"?

1.

Rashi: He looked up in order to give Yisrael an Ayin ha'Ra. 1

2.

Rashi (on Pasuk 6): He wanted to say the exact opposite of the B'rachos that he was now stating 2 : 'They should not have Batei Keneisiyos; They should not have Batei-Midrashos ... '. 3


1

Rashi: Now presenting us with Bil'am's three bad Midos

2)

What exactly did he see?

1.

Rashi and Targum Yonasan: He saw that each tribe dwelt within its own borders 1 and how the openings of their tents did not face one another, so that one man should not peep into his friend's tent.


1

Targum Yonasan: In their Batei Midrashim (See Peirush Yonasan).

3)

And what is the significance of "Vat'hi alav Ru'ach Elokim"?

1.

It entered his mind not to curse them.

2.

Ramban: Refer to 24:1:2. This time, since he an: prepared himself for a revelation, Hashem elevated him to a level of prophecy. 1

3.

Rashbam: Refer to 24:1:1:2. He earned this privilege because he decided to bless Yisrael with a full heart. 2

4.

Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: There came upon him a spirit of prophecy.


1

Ramban: See Bamidbar, 11:29 and Yeshayah, 61:1. And this explains why, in Pasuk 4, he refers to himself as "Shome'a Imrei Keil".

2

Because the spirit of Hashem rests on a person out of love.

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