Friday, June 25, 2021

WHAT KIND OF A QUESTION IS THIS?

 

Parshas Hashavua בלק 


   WHAT KIND OF A QUESTION IS THIS? 

ויאמר מי האנשים האלה עמך” במדבר כ"ב :ט “ 

 Hashem asked בלעם: ” Who are these people with you?.”

According to Rashi
(Breishis 3-9) whenever Hashem asks a question
it's always a rhetorical question just to start the conversation.
(even for רשעים - קין & בלעם)

At first glance, it would seem that R Bachya would argue
on Rashi because R.B. holds when Hashem asks from
רשעים it's done to mislead them so he can destroy them.
(not a rhetorical question)

Perhaps, R.B. will agree to Rashi that whenever Hashem
asks a question it's always a rhetorical question even
for רשעים. (like Rashi)

Rashi explains the reason Hashem questions rhetorically
so the responder will not be caught off guard 'וכו

R.B. qualifies this reason to be true only for believers.
Non-believers (רשעים) on the other hand, are unaware
that it was a rhetorical question.
They think, Hashem doesn't know the answer & therefore
he asked the question.
Hashem allows them to be misled that way so he can
destroy them.
ובזה מיושב הר' בחיי
אמבצי


 רש"י בראשית ג:ט
(ט) איכה -
יודע היה היכן הוא, אלא ליכנס עמו בדברים, שלא יהא נבהל להשיב אם יענישהו פתאום.
וכן בקין (בראשית ד ט) אמר לו אי הבל אחיך.
וכן בבלעם (במדבר כב ט) מי האנשים האלה עמך, ליכנס עימהם בדברים.
וכן בחזקיה בשלוחי (אויל) מרודך בלאדן (ישעיה לט א):





 

 

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