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1)

What is the meaning of "Bamos Ba'al"?

1.

Rashi (citing Targum Onkelos: It is the name of an Avodah-Zarah.

2.

Targum Yonasan: It was the name of the idol Ba'al Pe'or. 1


1

Refer to 23:28:1:1.

2)

What are the connotations of "K'tzei ha'Am"?

1.

Ramban and Seforno: In order to set his eyes on the people he wanted to curse, to concentrate more deeply on the curse. 1 It was only possible to see part of the nation, since they spread out in all directions and it was impossible to see them all. 2

2.

Targum Yonasan: A point from where they could see the tribe of Dan, which was traveling at the edge of the camp, and were revealed under the Ananei Kavod. 3

3.

Moshav Zekenim: They are Muktzim in the Am (Resha'im, who were cast out from the cloud).

4.

Da'as Zekenim: He saw the entire nation, until the end of the camp.


1

Seforno: As in Melachim 2, 2:24, and the reverse (in connection with blessing) in Devarim 34:1. Ramban: See also Bava Kama, 117a.

2

See Ramban on 23:13.

3

Because they had with them Pesel Michah. See Peirush Yonasan and refer to 7:66:151:1 & 2.

3)

How could Bil'am see Yisrael? The cloud surrounded them!

1.

Moshav Zekenim: He saw only the Resha'im; the cloud expelled them

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