1)

Why did Dasan and Aviram add "Gam Histarer"?

1.

Ramban #1 (citing the Ibn Ezra): They meant that Moshe had dominated them in many different ways or that Aharon had dominated them as well. 1

2.

Ramban #2: They meant 'Is the major evil that you did to us, to let us die in the desert not sufficient, that you now even 2 want to dictate to us in this minor way, to make us appear before you - To be sure, your intention is to dominate and govern us!'

3.

Rashbam: Placing "Gam" at the beginning of the phrase, 3 it reads "Ki Gam Sistarer aleinu Histarer".


1

See Oznayim la'Torah as to why the principle 'Dibrah Torah ki'Leshon B'nei Adam' is not applicable here.

2

Ramban: "Gam" in this case is synonymous with 'Afilu' (even).

3

Rashbam: As in Bo Sh'mos, 12:32 and in Baalak, 22:33.

2)

Did Moshe take them from a land of milk and honey?

1.

Targum Yonasan and R. Bachye: Egypt produced milk and honey. 1

2.

Shelal David citing the Pesikta: Because Dasan and Aviram became rich in Egypt, 2 they called it "Eretz Zavas Chalav u'Devash."

3.

Panim Yafos: They had been on the border of Eretz Yisrael, and now they were heading away from it 3


1

It is possible however, that this was what Dasan and Aviram claimed, but that it was not true - just as they lied when they clsimed "Ki Sistarer aleinu Gam Histarer"..

2

But Dasan and Aviram had become poor before they left Egypt. Refer to Sh'mos, 4:19:1:1.

3

"Derech Yam Suf"

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