hebrew
1)

Why did the donkey see the angel, but not Bil'am?

1.

Rashi: Hashem gave the donkey the ability to see it 1 but not Bil'am, who, because he possessed intelligence, would have gone out of his mind had he seen the destructive angel.


1

In order to save Bil'am's life as is evident from Pasuk 33.

2)

Why was the angel holding a sword?

1.

Rashi: 'Rasha!', he said to Bil'am, 'You are coming against Yisrael using their weapon - the mouth 1 , so I will threaten you using your weapon 2 - the sword!' 3

2.

Chizkuni: This was Midah k'Neged Midah. [In verse 29,] Bil'am says 'if I had a sword, I would kill you!'


1

In keeping with Yitzchak's B'rachah to Ya'akov, in Bereishis 27:22 - "ha'Kol Kol Ya'akov.". Sifsei Chachamim

3)

Why does it not mention what happened with Bil'am's two servants or of the dignitaries of Mo'av?

1.

Seforno: When Bil'am's donkey went into the field, it abandoned them. 1


1

It seems that Hashem arranged that they should not witness the episode with the donkey, which would have turned Bil'am into a laughing-stock in their eyes (EC). Refer to 22:30:1:1**. See also Ramban on Pasuk 33 and refer to 22:29:1:1* - Rashi, who maintain that the dignitaries witnessed everything.

4)

How come that no further mention is made of Bil'am's two servants or of the dignitaries of Mo'av?

1.

Seforno: When Bil'am's ass wondered off into the field, he lost them. 1


1

Permanently it seems - so that they should not witness the episode with the ass, which would have turned Bil'am into a laughing-stock in their eyes. Refer to 22:29:1:1*. See also Ramban on Pasuk 33, who maintains that the dignitaries witnessed everything. Moreover, they are mentioned later in Pasuk 40.

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