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1)

Why does the Pasuk refer to the sinner as "Ben ha'Yisre'elis"?

1.

Rashi and Targum Yonasan: Refer to 24:10:1:3.

2.

Ramban: To teach us that the child of a Nochri and a Yisre'elis is not a full-fledged Yisrael. 1


1

Ramban, Moshav Zekenim: Even though the Gemara in Yevamos, 45a is Machshir the child, even if his mother was married, if she is a girl, she is forbidden to marry a Kohen. In any event, the child does not have the status of a Yisrael for lineage (to which tribe he belongs) and receiving a portion in Eretz Yisrael (Refer to 24:10:2:3)

2)

Where did the Ben ha'Yis're'elis go out from?

1.

Rashi #1 (citing R. Levi): He left his world 1 [by blaspheming Hashem].

2.

Rashi #2 (citing R. Berachyah): He went out 2 of the previous Parshah. 3 He poked fun at the Pasuk "b'Yom ha'Shabbos Ya'archenu" - and declared 'Surely it is normal for a king to eat fresh bread each day! Does he eat bread that is a week old?' 4

3.

Rashi #3 (citing a Beraisa) and Targum Yonasan: He left Moshe's Beis-Din having lost his case. When he came to pitch is tent in the Camp of Dan, for his mother was from the tribe of Dan, they cited him the Pasuk "Ish al Diglo be'Osos le'Veis Avosam," which the Beis-Din of Moshe Rabeinu corroborated; at which point, he arose and blasphemed Hashem.

4.

Ramban, Moshav Zekenim: The Pasuk means that "he went out (from his home or from wherever he was) to the midst of Yisrael". 5

5.

Moshav Zekenim: He went out to Tarbus Ra'ah (Aveiros), and returned (repented) to act like Yisrael.

6.

Moshav Zekenim (from Targum Yonason): He left Mitzrayim.


1

Riva: It says about Megadef "Hikares Tikares" (Bamidbar 15:30-31) - he is cut off from this world and the world to come. See also Sifsei Chachamim.

2

I am unsure if this means 'he left his world due to the previous Parshah', or 'he went out from hearing the previous Parshah. (PF)

3

Ramban: Which explains why the Torah inserts it here. He ridiculed the fire-offerings of Hashem and when a man from Yisrael rebuked him, he cursed Hashem.

4

Daf Al Daf (Chagigah 26b): How could he say so? They used to show everyone that the bread remains hot (refer to 24:6:2:3)! Beis Yisrael (Emor 5718), the Admor of Gur - one clings to Kedushah and it warms him only if he sees it with fervor. (He did not, so he assumed that it is cold. Even though Kohanim eat the Lechem ha'Panim, it is disgraceful for those who serve Hashem to eat old stale bread. Alternatively, he scoffed when he heard Moshe teach about Lechem ha'Panim, before it was actually made. It seems that this is unlike the one who says that he was incarcerated with the Mekoshesh Etzim, for that was before [Matan Torah, and the] command about the Mishkan and Lechem ha'Panim - refer to 24:12:1:1. - PF)

5

Ramban: As in Esther, 4:1.

3)

Who was the "Ish Mitzri"?

1.

Rashi: The "Ish Mitzri" was the one that Moshe had killed in Egypt 1 (for beating Dasan). 2


1

Refer to Sh'mos, 2:11:4:1.

2

According to Targum Yonasan, the Ish Mitzri killed the man and took his wife, in which case the man cannot have been Dasan.

4)

Why does the Torah see fit to mention the fact that he was a Ben Ish Mitzri?

1.

Seforno: Because a Yisrael would not have had the Chutzpah to blaspheme Hashem.

2.

Da'as Zekenim: This caused him to blaspheme. We find that Mitzriyim disgrace Hashem. Pharaoh said "Lo Yadati Es Hashem" (Shemos 5:2).

5)

What is the significance of the words "b'Soch Bnei Yisrael"?

1.

Rashi (from Toras Kohanim): It teaches us that he (the son of the Ish Mitzri) converted.

6)

Rashi (from Toras Kohanim) writes that the Ben Ish Mitzri converted. What were the ramifications of his conversion?

1.

Ramban #1: Like every other Jew at the time, he became a Jew via Milah, Tevilah and sprinkling of the blood of the Korban that they brought at Har Sinai. The Toras Kohanim means that he chose to follow his mother [and become a Yisrael], and not his father.

2.

Ramban #2 (citing Tosfos): Before Matan Torah, lineage followed the father, 1 and if not for the fact that he decided to convert, they would not have circumcised him. 2

3.

Hadar Zekenim citing Riva: Before Matan Torah, even Bnei Yisrael had the law of Bnei Noach. This man was not at Har Sinai to become a Jew; he was a total Nochri, and converted now. Moshav Zekenim - Perhaps he left Mitzrayim only now; 3 Targum Yonason implies like this. What were they unsure about how to kill him? The one who obligates a Ben Noach for blasphemy, surely he is killed by the sword! The one who disagrees, he totally exempts! Rather, he converted 4 , so they were unsure whether his law changed.

4.

Moshav Zekenim #2: 'Nisgayer' means that he left his land to go to live in another land.


1

Ramban: See Yevamos, 78b.

2

See Ramban's objection to this explanation, and R. Chavel's footnotes.

3

Tosfos ha'Rosh (Yevamos 76b) implies that all Egyptian men died in Yam Suf. Perhaps he did not go, for Pharaoh considered him to be a Yisrael, but Hashem did not consider him a Yisrael, to die during Choshech with those who did not want to leave Mitzrayim (refer to Shemos 9:7:151:1 - PF).

4

Rashi (Shemos 2:12) says that Moshe killed the Mitzri only after he saw that none of his descendants are proper to convert! Riva (Shemos 2:12) - the son was already conceived (Moshe checked only whether he is destined in the future to father a child who is proper to convert). Moshav Zekenim - the Rashbam says that Moshe saw that none of his descendants will convert and fear Hashem.

7)

What are the implications of "va'Yinatzu ba'Machaneh"?

1.

Rashi: It implies that they were quarreling about matters that concerned the camp. 1

2.

Da'as Zekenim: The one he quarreled with 2 told him 'Moshe killed your father through Hashem's name', and then he blasphemed.


1

Refer to 24:10:2:3.

2

Rosh implies that others told him that Moshe killed his father through Hashem's name. Moshav Zekenim says that his mother told him.

8)

Which "Ish Yisre'eli" is the Torah referring to?

1.

Rashi: It is referring to the Yisre'eli with whom the blasphemer was quarreling.

QUESTIONS ON RASHI

9)

Rashi writes that Moshe ruled that he may not pitch is tent in the Camp of Dan, He also wrote (verse 12) that this was at the same time as the Mekoshesh Etzim, which was before Matan Torah (refer to Bamidbar 15:32:2:1), before Hashem commanded about the Degalim!

1.

Riva: Even before Hashem commanded about the Degalim, they encamped according to the order that Yakov instructed them. 1 Moshe ruled that he may not camp among Dan.


1

Bamidbar Rabah (2:8): Hashem told Moshe, do not worry lest they complain about the directions in which you tell them to camp. They have a tradition that they will camp like the directions in which they carried Yakov's bier.

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