Bearing in mind that this Parshah was said on Rosh Chodesh, how can the Torah write that Yisrael carried out what Moshe and Aharon told them?


Rashi: Since Yisrael undertook to bring the Pesach, the Torah reckons as if they had already performed it.


Why does the Torah insert the word "va'Yelchu"?


Rashi: To teach us that they received reward for going to perform the Mitzvah as well as for the actual performance itself. 1


See Pirkei Avos, 5:14.


What is the significance of the phrase "Ka'asher Tzivah Hashem Es Moshe ve'Aharon"?


Rashi and Ramban (citing the Midrash): It teaches us that they performed what Moshe and Aharon told them, down to the last detail.


And why does the Torah add the words "Ken Asu"?


Rashi and Ramban #2 (citing the Midrash): Because Moshe and Aharon too, performed everything that Hashem instructed them down to the last detail. 1


Ramban #1: It is the way of the Torah to repeat that they did it, 2 to teach us that they performed what they had been told to perfection.


Ba'al ha'Turim: The two Asiyos (actions) refer to Milah and Pesach.


Da'as Chasam Sofer (Avodas Hashem 10): First Yisrael did, and then Moshe and Aharon. This shows that when going to do a Mitzvah, we do not honor Gedolim to let them do first. Whoever is zealous to do first, he gains!


Riva citing R. Elyakim: One might have thought that Moshe and Aharon are exempt, for Shevet Levi was not enslaved, so they did not need this merit to be redeemed.


See for example Pekudei, Shemos 39:43 (Ramban), and refer to Bereishis, 6:22:1:2.

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