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1)

Why does the Torah see fit to repeat here "Vayishma ha'Cana'ani ... '?

1.

Rashi: To teach us that what they heard was that Aharon died and that the Ananei Kavod had departed 1 - leading them to believe that they were now permitted to attack Yisrael.

2.

Seforno: This too, was to their credit, 2 inasmuch as when faced with an attack, they (faced their attackers), made a Neder and kept it. 3


1

See Sifsei Chachamim.

2

Refer to 33:1:1:5.

3

As opposed to their fathers, who declared (See Shemos 14:4) that they would appoint a leader and return to Egypt.

2)

Why does the Torah refer to Amalek as "Cana'ani Melech Arad"?

1.

Targum Yonasan: Because he joined forces with the Cana'ani and became king of Arad. 1


1

See Peirush Yonasan and refer to Bamidbar 21:1:3:1*.

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