hebrew
1)

Why did Bil'am say B'no Be'or instead of 'ben Be'or'?

1.

Rashi #1: It is synonymous with 'ben Be'or'. 1

2.

Rashi #2 (citing Midrash): He referred to him as his son, because he (Be'or) was inferior to him in prophecy, 2 as was Tzipor to his son Balak in kingship 3


1

Rashi: As we find in Tehilim, 114:8.

2

Refer also to 23:18:2:1.

3

And there too, the Torah writes (in 23:18) "B'no Tzipor." Hadar Zekenim: Since Bil'am was a prophet, but his father Be'or was not. Balak was a king, but his father Tzipor was not.

4

See Sifsei Chachamim.

2)

Why did Bilam refer to himself as 'Gever'?

1.

Ba'al ha'Turim: Because a. just as a rooster'


1

Ba'al ha'Turim: See B'rachos, 22b

2

Refer to 22:30:2:2.

3

Ba'al ha'Turim: See B'rachos, 7a.

4

Ba'al ha'Turim: See Sanhedrin, 105a.

3)

What is the meaning of "Shesum ha'Ayin"?

1.

Rashi #1: It means that his eye had fallen out of its socket 1 which therefore gave it the appearance of being open. 2

2.

Rashi #2 and Ramban (both citing Targum Onkelos): It means that his eye was open ('he saw well'). 3

3.

Ramban #2: He saw with prophecy. 4

4.

Rashbam: He saw with a Divine Vision. 5

5.

Targum Yonasan: 'There were revealed to him deep secrets that were hidden from other prophets'.


1

Rashi (citing Nidah, 31a): This was a punishment for his thoughts on the Pasuk "u'Mispar es Rova Yisrael" (Refer to 23:10:2:3), and citing Sanhedrin 105a, he extrapolates from the fact that the Torah writes "ha'Ayin"

4)

Rashi writes that one eye had fallen out of its socket, or he was blind in one eye (Nidah 31a). It says "va'Yisa Bil'am Es Einav" and "u'Geluy Einayim" (verses 2,4)!

1.

R. Chaim Paltiel: Before he wanted to curse Yisrael, he saw with both eyes. 1 After he wanted to curse Yisrael, Hashem blinded one eye. Why did He not blind both? "Ha'Noge'a Bachem Noge'a b'Vavas Eino" (Zecharyah 2:12).


1

Verse 2 teaches that he saw with both eyes. He already wanted to curse Yisrael from when Balak's first men arrived

5)

Rashi writes that Bil'am and Balak were greater than their fathers, like Manah ben Peras. What does this mean?

1.

Mizrachi: Peras is half. The son was twice as great as his father.

2.

Riva: Maneh is a 60th of a Peras; the son was 60 times greater.

Sefer: Perek: Pasuk:
Month: Day: Year:
Month: Day: Year:

KIH Logo
D.A.F. Home Page
Sponsorships & Donations Readers' Feedback Mailing Lists Talmud Archives Ask the Kollel Dafyomi Weblinks Dafyomi Calendar Other Yomi calendars