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This means that the word "water" is a general term. Thus, "There was no water (at all) for the congregation to drink just as in verse 5 ומים אין לשתות. Water as in sentence 8 ונתן מימיו is considered plural because it was a constant flow of water(s). The difference is in the usage of the word as a single entity as opposed to something that is made up of a ...


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Rav Hirsch states that Moshe is to take the mateh in order to show that he is acting as the messenger of Hashem. However, hitting the rock with the mateh would imply that this is a special intervention from Hashem as a result of the uproar. Moshe is to take the staff "show them that you are still my messenger", but speak to the rock to show that it was ...


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I have heard it quoted several times in the name of R' Shimon Schwab that part of many miracles is that inanimate objects and animals acquire free-will. He said this in discussing the kal vachomer which Chananya, Misha'el, and Azarya inferred from the frogs jumping into the ovens in Egypt (Pesachim 53b). Another example given was the water wanting to ...


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Answer to Question 2 Rav Hirsch states on 20:19 that their were two main "Crown highways" leading through Edom. The first and most convenient road דרך המלך was the main high road leading through the valley where there were fields and vinyards and along which the wells were dug. That is why Moshe specified the condition "we will not pass through fields or ...



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