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1)

Why did Moshe see fit to beseech Yisro not to leave them, when he begged him "Al Na Ta'azov osanu"?

1.

Rashi: So that people should not say that Yisro only converted in order to receive a portion in Eretz Yisrael, and when he discovered that he would not receive one, he left them.

2.

Seforno: Moshe was asking Yisro at least to let his sons accompany them.

2)

What did Moshe mean when he said to Yisro "Ki al-Kein Yada'ata Chanoseinu ba'Midbar"?

1.

Rashi: He was telling him that, since 1 he (Yisro) was acquainted with all their travels in the desert, it would be appropriate for him to remain with them and not to abandon them.

2.

Seforno: Having seen up close Hashem's relationship with Yisrael, if he severs connections with Yisrael completely, 2 he will create a Chilul Hashem, inasmuch as people will say that had he seen true G-dliness, he would not have abandoned them together with his children.

3.

Rashbam: He meant to say that Yisro took to heart their camping in the desert and acted as their advisor as the Pasuk describes at the beginning of Yisro. 3


1

Rashi: The translation of "Ki al-Kein", as in Bereishis 38:26 and in Bereishis 18:5.

2

See 10:31:1:2.

3

Rashbam: Like the Pasuk in Iyov, 29:15.

3)

And what did he mean when he concluded "Vehayisa lanu le'Einayim"?

1.

Rashi #1 (citing Targum Onkelos): With reference to the previous phrase, it means that he had seen with his own eyes the miracles and mighty deeds that Hashem performed with Yisrael.

2.

Rashi #2 and Ramban: Also with reference to the previous phrase, but in the future, Moshe was asking Yisro to remain with them and to act as their consultant 1 whenever a problem would arise. 2

3.

Rashi #3: He meant that if he remained with them, he would be dear to the like the pupil of his eye. 3


1

Rashi: To enlighten them.

2

Ramban: Regarding the conquest of Cana'an.

3

Rashi: Since the Torah writes in Devarim 10:9 "Va'ahavtem es ha'Ger".

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