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Shmos 2:15 – Moshe fled from Paroh and dwelt in Midian.

Why did he choose Midian?

The only slightly helpful references I saw said

a) (attributed to a Medrash but I do not see it) that he was miraculously transported to Midian (and so I guess stayed where he was deposited) or

b) (attributed to Rashbam but I do not see it) that he was bound for somewhere else and not intending to stay in Midian but having met Tziporah decided to stay.

Alshich says that he stayed in Cush for some time but since nothing of importance happened there, the Torah does not mention it but it is mentioned in Divrei Hayomim and again I have not been able to find the reference.

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The "Divrei Hayomim" refers to the Divrei Hayomim of Moshe Rabbeinu brought in the Yalkut Shimoni on parshas Shemos and which I partially translated for another post here. –  Gemini Man Apr 17 at 9:17
    
@GeminiMan Very impressive. Thank you! –  Avrohom Yitzchok Apr 17 at 9:20
    
@AvrohomYitzchok - Do you know of a better place he should have gone instead? –  Shmuel Apr 18 at 3:17
    
@Shmuel Good question. Instead of going east, he could have gone west inthe direction of modern Libya. –  Avrohom Yitzchok Apr 18 at 10:39
    
If he'd gone West, he would have never ended up at Chorev, and would have never seen God in the Burning Bush. (Of course, God still could have spoken to him, but it wouldn't've been at Har Sinai, with all that that connotes.) –  Shmuel Apr 18 at 18:21

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Rabeinu Bachya says that Moshe feared the long arm of Pharoh and felt that if he married one of the daughters of one of the Kohanim (Yisro was Kohain Midyan) then he would be safe. He went to Midyan since Yisro had 7 daughters so he figured there is a better chance one of them would be willing to marry him. Through that he would come under Yisro's protection and he would be safe.

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