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This site says there is no source for the Taanis Dibbur but that it is mentioned by the Mishnah Berurah 571 (1) MB [2] where the Mishnah Berurah says that he saw written in a book that when someone wants to offer a voluntary fast it's better if he accepts a Taanis Dibbur rather than holding himself back from food since he will have no bodily harm from it ...


(I can't think of an explicit connection off the top of my head, but here goes): The Sifrei (B'midbar 153) writes that Moshe Rabbeinu's prophecy was superior to that of other prophets, because Moshe sometimes prophesied on a level connoted by the word "davar", while other prophets prophesied on a lower level as connoted by the word "amar": זה הדבר, ...

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