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[Throw] - Moshe's anger was kindled, and he flung the tablets from his hands, shattering them at the foot of the mountain.. * [Shemot (Exodus) 32:19] (וַיִּֽחַר־אַ֣ף משֶׁ֗ה וַיַּשְׁלֵ֤ךְ מִיָּדָו֙ אֶת־הַלֻּחֹ֔ת וַיְשַׁבֵּ֥ר אֹתָ֖ם תַּ֥חַת הָהָֽר)


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Although not directly answering your interesting query I think you might be interested in the תשובה of הרב Zalman Sorotzkin ז"ל in מאזנים למשפט סימן ה regarding a ס"ת which fell down. You will find it here https://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=973&st=&pgnum=23&hilite= He writes that he heard that in reality the לוחות were too heavy ...


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The Rashbam brings down the Pirkey D'Rav Eliezer 45 who explains that when he was no longer able to carry them because they became so heavy he threw them slightly away from himself. The Chizkuni also says this. There are many explanations why he did so but the point is that he didn't just let fall on their own. He made a conscious effort to assist in them ...


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The first quotation: אבל הוא etc. is a direct quote from אהרון. אהרן אמר: אלי היה דבור ולא פירשתי מאצל אשתי ואף אבותינו הראשונים היה דבור עליהם ולא פרשו מאצל נשותיהן אבל הוא מפני שדעתו גסה עליו פירש הוא מאצל אשתו The next quotation: ולא היו דנין etc. is a comment/clarification of אהרון's words. This does not seem to be backtracking. אהרון is quoted and his ...


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One explanation given in the Rishonim is that Moshe saw which way the winds were blowing... The Sifre says they came "Barvuviya"; an unruly crowd with the younger people pushing the older ones etc. to ask about sending spies. Looking at the situation he realized that they weren't really committed to going to Eretz Yisroel and were actually ...


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This interestingly phrased question of Korach appears in two other sources. Badmibar Rabbah 18:3 קָפַץ קֹרַח וְאָמַר לְמשֶׁה טַלִּית שֶׁכֻּלָּהּ תְּכֵלֶת מַהוּ שֶׁתְּהֵא פְּטוּרָה מִן הַצִּיצִית, אָמַר לוֹ חַיֶּיבֶת בְּצִיצִית. אָמַר לוֹ קֹרַח טַלִית שֶׁכֻּלָּהּ תְּכֵלֶת אֵין פּוֹטֶרֶת עַצְמָהּ, אַרְבָּעָה חוּטִין פּוֹטְרוֹת אוֹתָהּ As well as Yerushalmi ...


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The Yerushalmi Brachos brings a message that is being conveyed to us by the "hanging nun". ולנ' התלויה של מנשה, במימרא: "רבי חונא שמעון קמטריא בשם רבי שמואל בר נחמן "ויהונתן בן גרשום בן מנשה" נון תלוי. אם זכה בן משה ואם לאו בן מנשה. To paraphrase, if one behaves correctly, he is the son of Moshe, if he doesn't, he is the son of ...


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Because he planned to ask God that one of his sons should succeed him. The Midrash says: Why did [Moses] make this request [to appoint a successor] [right] after ordering [that the women should inherit]? Simply this. When he saw that the daughters of Tzelaf'chad inherited the properties of their father, he thought, “This is the time for me to make my own ...


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