ואלעזר. הזכיר אשת אלעזר בעבור כבוד פנחם כי לו נתנה הכהונה לעולם ע"כ מדרך הסברא. פוטיאל הי' מבני ישראל ולא ידענו טעם פוטיאל כאשר לא ידענו טעם למישאל וכל שמות הנזכרים כמו אהרן. ולולי נכתב מעשה משה לא היינו יודעין למה נקרא כן: AND ELEAZAR. Eleazar’s wife is mentioned out of respect for Phinehas, as the priesthood was given to him eternally. Hence, logically speaking, Putiel was an Israelite.94Contra the Midrash, which derives the name Putiel from the words, pittem (fatten) and pittpet (conquered). The Midrash says that Eleazar’s wife was a descendant of Jethro, “who fattened calves for idols,” and Joseph, “who conquered his passions.” See Sotah 43a; Baba Batra 109b, Sanhedrin 82b and Shemot Rabba 67. I.E. disagrees, for he believes Putiel is mentioned to give respect to Phinehas, and it is no honor to have a pagan ancestor. We do not know the meaning of Putiel as we do not know the meaning of Mishael and Aaron and all the other names that are mentioned. If what happened to Moses had not been recorded,95That Pharaoh’s daughter named him Moses because she drew him out of the water. we would not know why he was so called.96Without knowing the background behind the naming of Moses we could never guess why he was so called. Similarly, we cannot ascertain the meaning of Putiel.