Category: Oneg Shabbos
The earlier part of this verse mentions many evils and troubles - ומצאהו רעות רבות וצרות . However later in the same sentence the Torah refers only to these evils - .מצאוני הרעות So why does the second part of the possuk only refer to these evils - הרעות - and not to the many evils and troubles - ? רעות רבות וצרות
And (Bilaam) said to them (the Elders of Midyon and the Elders of Moav), stay the night, and I’ll give you an answer, as Hashem speaks to me. And the officers of Moav stayed with Bilaam’. The Gemorah in Sanhedrin דף ק’’ה . asks why the Posuk only mentions that the Elders of Moav stayed the night, but not the Elders of Midyon? The Gemorah explains, that once Bilaam explained that he was only able to curse Klal Yisroel with the approval of Hashem, they realised it was a lost cause, as ‘A Father would never hate his son’.
A number of years ago there was a painful tragedy that had a great impact on the talmidim of Yeshivas Ohr Somayach in Yerushalayim. The untimely death of the young mashgiach of the Yeshivah - Rabbi Dovid Spier zt”l. Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt”l was maspid this very special individual and quoted from Rashi in this week’s sedra: