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גIt seems I misread the verses, according to the Targumim. Many other commentaries read the verse as a continuation of the passage about the wars of God. Nahmanides, however, says that verse 16 returns to the above topic of the travels. I believe this is Onkelos' approach as well, though he disagrees with Nahmanides about there being a place called "בארה", ...


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I think one could argue that in Numbers 20:29, we have a new generation, and this generation is more aware and less likely to misread the information given. However, a simpler explanation might be gleaned from looking at the source text for Rashi's comment on Numbers 20:29, which is the Midrash Tanchuma Chukat, siman 17 (s.v. וידבר ה׳ אל משה קח את אהרן ...


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Everyone who had seen Moses dead at Sinai was themselves dead. Just as the people believed that image, they believed this image.


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Rabbi Ozer Alport from his weekly divrei Torah Parsha Potpourri quotes from the Pnennim Mshulchan Gevoha: Rav Elya Meir Bloch explains that this case was different, in that Moshe had already told the people that he witnessed Aharon’s death. They didn’t believe how the angel of death could have power over Aharon, so they were shown Aharon’s image to prove ...


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I would like to suggest an answer. We know that the Satan has permission from Hashem to play tricks on people to tempt them to sin. This can go so far, like we find in the Parsha of a false prophet (Devarim 13:3) that he can even create real miracles and we are still not allowed to follow him based on what we see, when he tells us to commit Idolatry. ...



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