1)

Why did Moshe add the (otherwise superfluous) phrase "ve'Eis asher Yivchar bo Yakriv eilav"?

1.

Ramban: He was adding that the one whom Hashem will choose will be the Kohen Gadol not only now, but for all future generations. 1

2.

Seforno: He was warning them that he (the one whom He chooses) alone will emerge from the carnage that is about to take place. 2


1

Ramban: A warning that nobody dare challenge the Kohen Gadol, neither the current one nor future ones.

2

Seforno: See Pasuk 21.

2)

On what pretext did Moshe postpone the test until the following day? What was his real motive?

1.

Rashi: He told them that now was a time of drunkenness - when some of them had probably drunk wine, and it was not therefore possible to bring the Ketores. In fact, he did so in the hope that, in the meantime, they would come to their senses and retract.

3)

Why does the Torah see fit to specifically mention "el Korach ve'el Kol Adaso"?

1.

Seforno: Moshe was informing them that he saw through their plot and realized that the rebellion was pre-determined and not spontaneous. Refer to 16:2:2:1**.

4)

What are the implications of the word "Boker"?

1.

Rashi: Moshe was hinting here that, just as it impossible to change morning into evening, so too, is it impossible to nullify the Kehunah from its current format. 1


1

Rashi: Seeing as, with reference to both issues, the Torah uses an expression of 'Havdalah' - "va'Yibadel Aharon Lehakdisho... "(Divrei ha'Yamim 1:23:13) and "va'Yehi Erev va'Yehi Voker va'Yavdel" (Bereishis, 1:5).

5)

To whom is "Es asher Lo" and "ve'es ha'Kadosh" referring?

1.

Rashi, citing Midrash Tanchuma: They refer, respectively, to those are are eligible for Avodas ha'Leviyah and Kehunah. 1

2.

Seforno: Moshe was telling them that Hashem would make known the one who is speaking in honor of Hashem and the one who is holy and worthy of bringing Korbanos before Hashem.


1

Which the B'choros and Korach, respectively, were agitating for. See Ramban.

6)

Why does the Torah repeat the word "Eilav"?

1.

Moshav Zekenim: Korach protested about three selections

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