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Exodus 19:20-21

וַיֵּ֧רֶד יְהוָ֛ה עַל־ הַ֥ר סִינַ֖י אֶל־ רֹ֣אשׁ הָהָ֑ר וַיִּקְרָ֨א יְהוָ֧ה לְמֹשֶׁ֛ה אֶל־ רֹ֥אשׁ הָהָ֖ר וַיַּ֥עַל מֹשֶֽׁה׃ וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהוָה֙ אֶל־ מֹשֶׁ֔ה רֵ֖ד הָעֵ֣ד בָּעָ֑ם פֶּן־ יֶהֶרְס֤וּ אֶל־ יְהוָה֙ לִרְא֔וֹת וְנָפַ֥ל מִמֶּ֖נּוּ רָֽב

Why did Moshe need to be told to go up Har Sinai in order to be told to go back down? Hashem has no trouble speaking to Moshe at the bottom of the mountain, as He spoke to him there in order to call him up.

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Well, I personally think that going up to the mountain has some deeper meaning - it was something that had to be undergone to obtain a message from Hashem, no matter what the message was. I recommend to read this http://www.studylight.org/com/guz/view.cgi?book=ex&chapter=019 I would say it means that the message was intended for a person with a spiritual strength. However, I would like to know if Talmud also comments on this.

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After Moshe went up some of the sons of Israel satrted to approch the mountain and came dangerously close, so Moshe had to go down again.IMHO

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