If Bil'am wanted to kill the donkey in his anger, why did he not simply curse it?


Ba'al ha'Turim #1: Because he intended to curse Yisrael on that day, and two curses cannot take effect on the same day.


Ba'al ha'Turim #2: Because the time to curse had not yet arrived. 1


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Rashi: Nevertheless, the dignitaries of Mo'av, who did not know all this - (Sifsei Chachamim) looked upon Bil'am, who was on his way to curse an entire nation, yet to kill his donkey, he needed a sword, with disdain. Refer to 22:23:4:1*.

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