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24:25 With that, Balaam set out and returned home. Balak also went on his way.
Vayakom Bil'am vayelech vayashov limkomo vegam-Balak halach ledarko.
25:1 Israel was staying in Shittim when the people began to behave immorally with the Moabite girls.
Vayeshev Yisra'el baShitim vayachel ha'am liznot el-benot Moav.



Commentary:

Balaam set out
  See Numbers 31:8.

Shittim
  This is the 'stream of Shittim' mentioned in Joel 4:18 (Sefer HaYashar). This can also be translated 'Acacia Grove' (cf. Saadia); see Exodus 25:4. The Israelites remained here until they crossed the Jordan (Joshua 2:1, 3:1). See note on Numbers 22:1.

began to
  (Targum). Or, 'desecrated themselves' (Septuagint). This was done at Balaam's advice (Numbers 31:16; Sanhedrin 106a; Tanchuma 18; Rashi; Josephus, 4:6:6).

Moabite girls
  The Moabite girls may have initiated this, but it was the Midianite girls who were primarily involved; see Numbers 25:6, 31:2,15,16 (Josephus, Antiquities 4:6:7; cf. Bava Kama 38 a,b; Ramban on 25:18; Abarbanel; Malbim).





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