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1)

Why did Hashem see fit to appear 'in Person' by this miracle?

1.

Ramban: Because the miracle of the roving well remained with them for forty years. 1


1

As stated in the Midrash Rabah. Hashem did the same thing by the Manna (See above, Shemos 16:7), which fell for forty years.

2)

What is the fact that the Torah writes "Vehikisa ba'Tzur" (and not al ha'Tzur) coming to teach us?

1.

Rashi: It teaches us that Moshe's staff comprised sapphire, something that was able to split rock.

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