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1)

What does "Vayisa Meshalo" mean?

1.

Rashi in Mishlei, 27:14: 'It is an expression of raising one's voice'.

2.

Targum Onkelos: 'And he took up his parable'.

3.

Targum Yonasan: 'And he took up the parable of his prophecy'.

2)

Why did he need to mention that Balak brought him from Aram ... ?

1.

Rashbam: His message was that Balak troubled him to come all the way from Aram and from the mountains of the east, 1 but that this was in vain, as the Pasuk goes to explain.


1

Rashbam: Which is synonymous with Aram - See Yeshayah, 9:11.

3)

What is the connection between "Min Aram Yancheini Balak ... " and Bil'am's Mashal?

1.

Seforno: "Min Aram Yancheini Balak ... " is the beginning of the Mashal that Hashem commanded him to present.

4)

Why did Bil'am use the dual request, one by the name Ya'akov, the other, by the name Yisrael?

1.

Rashi: Balak asked Bil'am to curse Yisrael by both names, in case one of them is only secondary. 1


1

And cursing by it would not take effect. Refer to 23:23:151:1. See also Ba'al ha'Turim.

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