1)

Why did Moshe visit Dasan and Aviram?

1.

Rashi: In the hope that they would honor him, 1 but they did not.

2.

Targum Yonasan: In order to rebuke them.

3.

Rosh: This teaches that one should not allow a Machlokes to fester. 2


1

To talk with him, and perhaps he could convince them to retract. (PF). Hadar Zekenim

2)

How will we reconcile Moshe's ging to Dasan and Aviram with the principle 'Melech she'Machal al Kevodo, Ein Kevodo Machul'?

1.

Torah Temimah: Refer to 16:25:1:3. We see from here that stopping a Machlokes overrides the principle.

2.

Oznayim la'Torah (based on the Yerushalmi Horayos, Perek 3): Because in the time of a rebellion, the king loses his status, and it is appropriate for the king to speak to the rebels to try and bring them back. 1


1

See Oznayim la'Torah.

3)

Who were the elders who followed Moshe?

1.

Oznayim la'Torah: They were the seventy elders who were chosen to 'carry the burden of the people together with Moshe', 1 and who now followed him in support.


1

Oznayim la'Torah: See Beha'aloscha, 11:17.

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