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The force is G-d himself, not a Malach. Source is obviously the Pesach Haggadah: Ani ve lo malach. Ani ve lo saraph. etc. (#57-59). Which Rashi himself (Exodus 12:12) comments to agree with this: will I wreak judgments-I The Lord: I by Myself and not through a messenger. — [from Passover Haggadah] אעשה שפטים אני ה': אני בעצמי ולא על ידי שליח: ...


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There is argument among the commentaries about exactly what happened. Some say (like Rashi on verse 14) that Moshe killed the Egyptian by saying the sacred name of God. Others (like the Ibn Ezra on verse 12) say that this patently wrong and Moshe hit the Egyptian with a stone. The Ramban on verse 14 walks a middle route saying that Moshe might have ...


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According to the medrash rabba 1 28 the man getting beaten was in fact Dassan the husband of the woman who was tricked. The Radal there #41 wants to amend the text to say she was the sister of Dassan, but either way, he had personal knowledge of what transpired, and turned around and slandered Moshe, the man who saved him, or his relative. See there also ...



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