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God specifically wanted Moshe (Moses) off the mountain. After all, He was about to tell the Israelities "I am Hashem your God", and He didn't want them questioning, "Who said that? The invisible God, or Moshe?" Therefore, He sent Moshe down, and gave the Ten Commandments before he went back up. This is the explanation given in Shmot Rabbah 28:3. I couldn't ...


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Both. Idols and icons. At least in my Tanakh. My Tanakh (New JPS translation) says "You shall not make for yourself a sculptured image, or any likeness of what is in the heavens above or on the earth below or the waters under the Earth."



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