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Unlike Rashi (19:24) who understands that Moshe was questioning God, R. Saadya Gaon writes that he was troubled by this verse for many years until he saw in a certain work that a servant tells his master that he has completed an assigned task upon receiving a command for the next task. Similarly, Moshe was merely telling God that he had performed his ...


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The Kedushas Levi explains that Moshe was responding to Hashem according to Moshe's own perception - Moshe lived on a level where if Hashem said no, then it is impossible to disobey - Hashem's command is reality, and it's inviolable. Therefore he said "They can't come up, because You told them not to." Hashem's response was "לך רד" - go down; go down to ...


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A simple answer would be that the effort to support Moshe's arms implies that his arms themselves were winning the war. If it was just an arbitrary medium through which Hashem would perform a miracle, the why go to all the hassle f holding up the arms-just switch media. Therefore, in this case in particular Chazal emphasize that the victory actually ...


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Rashi answers your question when he says on verse 24: Go, descend: And warn them a second time. We admonish a person before the act [he is to perform], and we admonish him again at the time of the act [when it is to be performed]. [from Mechilta] Moshe evidently thought that one warning was enough and the intent of his response was to understand ...



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