by Zvi Akiva Fleisher
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OROH V'SIMCHOH - MESHECH CHOCHMOH ON PARSHAS DVORIM BS"D
Ch. 2, v. 4,5: "V'es ho'om tzav leimore attem ovrim bigvul acheichem bnei Eisov, Al tisgoru vom" - In verse 9 we find "Va'yomer Hashem eilai al totzar es Moav." Why in our verse, regarding the descendants of Eisov is Moshe commanded to tell the nation, "V'es ho'om tzav leimore," while in verse 9, regarding Moav, the verse says, "Al totzar es Moav v'al tisgor bom milchomoh," with the command directed to Moshe and not to the bnei Yisroel? The MESHECH CHOCHMOH answers that the gemara B.B. 123b says that the descendants of Eisov will only be given into the hands of the descendants of Yoseif. Moshe, not being from the tribe of Yoseif, received a command to tell the bnei Yisroel, inclusive of the descendants of Yoseif, to not fight the children of Eisov, whom they otherwise might have entertained combating. When discussing the descendants of Moav, Moshe is also included in the group of those who would consider fighting them, as there is no indication that they would be overpowered by any limited specific tribe. Therefore, even Moshe was commanded to refrain from doing so.
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