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I can find two instances of this in Tanach:

1) when G appoints Moshe to speak before Israel, he says he is "heavy of tongue" and G lets him use Aaron as a spokesman.

2) G commands Ezekiel (4:9) to make and eat bread baked with poop. Ezekiel politely protests and G lets him substitute cow dung.

Why does G commands one thing but allows that command to be petitioned?

  • מדת הדין vs. מדת הרחמים (transitioned by prayer) – Loewian Dec 25 '18 at 16:02
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    Related (general question about purpose of prayer and how it can 'change' God's mind)? judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/29109/… – Salmononius2 Dec 25 '18 at 18:15
  • Are you asking about מצווה לשעה or מצווה לדורות, because you only bring two examples of מצוה לשעה - "one-time" commandments? – Al Berko Dec 25 '18 at 19:18
  • Even if about "one-time" commandments, do you imply that G-d is always open for petitions or only sometimes, because the Q is phrased as if G-d always modifies His commandments? – Al Berko Dec 25 '18 at 19:20
  • I always wondered about 2) - He gets the recipe in 4:9 and then in 4:12 it says (Chabad translation)"they shall bake it with poop before their eyes". Does this mean as part of the bread recipe, as a side dish, or as the fuel for the cooking fire? None of the three are pleasant, but I always wondered which way was meant. Certain cultures used(maybe still do, especially in India?) cow dung as fire fuel. Yum! – Gary Dec 25 '18 at 21:46

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