Is there any source for what Hashem's voice sounded like when he spoke to Moshe Rabeinu? Like was it a man's voice or a woman's voice? Gruff or sweet? What type of accent? Middle Eastern,Ashkenaz, European?

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    Kol D'mama Daka?
    – rosends
    Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 0:50
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    Are you only asking about what hebe sounded like to Moshe in particular, and not to anyone else? If so, consider editing your title to clarify.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 0:55
  • well the speaking was def not typical...שמור וזכור בדיבור אחד.....
    – sam
    Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 1:15
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    I question if there really is a concept of G-d's "voice". Ramba"m and I believe Ramcha"l, among others explain that G-d has no human form and therefore doesn't "speak". Tanac"h mentions G-d speaking so that when humans read this, we can understand things in human terms. But, in actuality, it's possible that Moshe and others "comprehended" as message as if G-d were talking to them. If you really must know what G-d sounds like watch how Burt Lancaster reacts when he hears G-d's voice ;-)
    – DanF
    Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 3:04
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    The question explicitly asks for sources. Why are people voting to close as primarily opinion based?
    – Scimonster
    Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 11:28

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See the Medrash Raba on Shemos (Exodus) פרשה ג that states that (at least initially, at the burning bush) Hashem sounded just like Moshe's father Amrom when He spoke to him.

אָמַר רַבִּי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ הַכֹּהֵן בַּר נְחֶמְיָה בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁנִּגְלָה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא עַל משֶׁה טִירוֹן הָיָה משֶׁה לַנְּבוּאָה, ‏
אָמַר הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא "אִם נִגְלָה אֲנִי עָלָיו בְּקוֹל גָּדוֹל אֲנִי מְבַעֲתוֹ, בְּקוֹל נָמוּךְ בּוֹסֵר הוּא עַל הַנְּבוּאָה", ‏
מֶה עָשָׂה? נִגְלָה עָלָיו בְּקוֹלוֹ שֶׁל אָבִיו, ‏
אָמַר משֶׁה "הִנֵּנִי! מָה אַבָּא מְבַקֵּשׁ?", ‏
אָמַר הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא "אֵינִי אָבִיךָ אֶלָּא אֱ-לֹהֵי אָבִיךָ, בְּפִתּוּי בָּאתִי אֵלֶיךָ כְּדֵי שֶׁלֹא תִּתְיָרֵא"‏

Similarly we find that when He (first) spoke to Shmuel, it sounded like Eili Hakohen's voice.

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    Is there anything we can infer from this, or some other source, that would indicate a general rule of what G-d sounded like to various people, such as Avraham, Yitzhak, etc.? Also, even with Moshe, did G-d change his voice? E.g., even in the initial conversation, G-d is angry with Moshe. Did that sound like Amram being angry, or did G-d's voice change in the middle?
    – DanF
    Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 15:33
  • @DanF - Good question. Still looking and learning. That's why I was careful to write initially. :-) Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 16:06

Midrash Tehilim 18:29 (in the name of R. Luliani) says that Hashem spoke with Moshe with the voice of Moshe himself:

רבי לוליאני בשם רבי ישמעאל אמר בנוהג שבעולם הרב אומר והתלמיד עונה. אבל הקב"ה אינו כן (שם יט יט) משה ידבר והאלקים יעננו בקול. הוי וענותך תרבני

Seems that the any other characteristics mentioned when applied to G-d's voice deppends on the person's ability with whom Hashem speaks. The posuk in Shemos 20:15 says: "And all the people saw the voices". The Pesiqta Hadeta (Bes Hamidrash 6:39) notes: "Here it's not said "voice" but "voices", implying that each and every individual hear the voice of G-d.

Shemos Rabbah 29:1 says that they heard the voice accordingly his or her ability.

ר' לוי ופירשה, אמר להם: השמע עם קול אלהים, כיצד? אילו היה כתוב קול ה' בכחו, לא היה העולם יכול לעמוד, אלא קול ה' בכח, בכח של כל אחד ואחד. הבחורים לפי כחן, והזקנים לפי כחן, והקטנים לפי כחן. אמר הקב"ה לישראל: לא בשביל ששמעתם קולות הרבה, תהיו סבורין שמא אלוהות הרבה יש בשמים, אלא תהיו יודעים שאני הוא ה' אלהיך, שנאמר (שם ה): אנכי ה' אלהיך:

Pesikta dRav Kahana, Piska 12 says:

לוי נראה להם הקב"ה כאיקונין הזו שיש לה פנים מכל מקום אלף בני אדם מביטין בה והיא מבטת בכולם כך הקב"ה כשהיה מדבר כל אחד ואחד מישר' היה אומ' עמי הדבר מדבר אנכי י"י אלהיכם אין כת' כאן אלא אנכי י"י אלהיך (שם)

When the HKBH spoke, each and every person in Israel could say, “The Divine Word is addressing me.” Note that Torah does not say, “I am the Lord your (pl.) God,” but I am the Lord your (sing.) G-d.

That's why, according other sources (the one quoted earlier by @Danny Schoemann for example), G-d's voice sounded familiar to the person who is adressed, like Moshe's father, Eli Hakohen, and so on...

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