What is the significance of the Pasuk "va'Yavo Moshe be'Soch he'Anan"?


Rashi: The cloud was a form of smoke, and Hashem made a path for Moshe to pass through it.


How will we reconcile this Pasuk with the Pasuk in Pikudei, 40:35 "ve'Lo Yachol Moshe Lavo el Ohel Mo'ed ki Shachan alav he'Anan"?


Yoma, 4b: This teaches us that Hakadosh-Baruch-Hu seized Moshe Rabeinu and brought him into the cloud.


How did Moshe pass through the cloud that was dense like smoke?


Yoma, 4b: We learn via a Gezeirah Shavah "be'Soch he'Anan" "be'Soch ha'Yam" in Beshalach, 14:23, in connection with Keri'as Yam-Suf, that, just as there Hashem made a path for Yisrael to pass through 1 so too did He make a path for Moshe.


Yoma Ibid: As the Torah writes there in Pasuk "ve'ha'Mayim lahem Chomah".


What was the significance of the forty days that Moshe spent on Har Sinai?


Seforno: This corresponds to the forty days that it takes for a newborn baby to form 1 (and explains the forty days that Moshe spent on Har Sinai each time he ascended it). Here too, Moshe was being formed into a new being who was able to learn from Hashem what nobody else was capable of.


This symbolizes a higher plain (a rebirth) that Yisrael were destined to attain, were it not for the sin of the Golden Calf. Refer to 20:21:1:3*. They lost it during Moshe's first ascent, and Hashem was still angry during his second ascent. The third time they regained it to a degree, as the Torah testifies when it describes in Ki Sisa Shemos, 34:2 how his face shone (Seforno) - which Yisrael finally merited (Seforno). This also explains why the Torah only discusses the Mishkan following Moshe's third ascent, and why Aharon and the Levi'im were chosen only after the sin of the Golden Calf (See Seforno).


There is light by Hashem (Chabakuk 3:4, Daniel 2:22). How did Moshe know when it is day, and when night?


Moshav Zekenim citing a Midrash: During the day Hashem taught to him written Torah, and at night, Mishnah. 1


Moshav Zekenim: The angels say Kadosh Kadosh Kadosh... during the day, and Baruch Kevod... at night.


Why did Moshe need to know when it is day, and when night? Perhaps it was to recite Keri'as Shma, i.e. in times he was given between learning different Parshiyos. (PF)

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