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1)

What did Bil'am mean this time when he compared Yisrael to a lion and to a cub?

1.

Rashi (citing Targum Onkelos), Ramban (on Pasuk 7) and Targum Yonasan: He meant that they will settle in their land in safety like a lion and a cub and that no nation will be able to frighten them. 1


1

Targum Yonasan: Who would dare awaken a sleeping lion.

2)

Why did he switch the order of cub and lion in 23:24 to lion and cub?

1.

Ba'al ha'Turim: In the earlier Pasuk, it is the way to go from strength to strength


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Ba'al ha'Turim (citing Bava Basra, 75a) 'Moshe's face shone like the sun, Yehoshua's, like the moon'.

3)

Why did Bil'am say "Mevarchecha Baruch", virtually the same expression as Hashem said to Avraham (at the beginning of Lech-Lecha?

1.

Seforno: Because the remnants 1 of Yisrael are on the level of Avraham. 2

2.

Targum Yonasan (commenting on the statement): Whoever blesses them will be blessed


1

Who will remain in the days of Mashi'ach.

2

Seforno: As the Pasuk intimates in Devarim 30:9

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