Why were the Shotrim beaten?


Rashi: When the Shotrim, who saw that the people could not possibly fulfill the quota that was placed on them, 1 took compassion on their brothers and refrained from coercing them, the Nogsim beat them mercilessly, when they handed them a shortfall of the required number of bricks. 2


Refer to 5:6:1:1.


As a reward for their Mesiras Nefesh, those seventy men were later chosen to form the Sanhedrin (See Beha'aloscha 11:16 [Rashi]).

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