Why did Moshe wear a mask?


Rashi: In honor of the Karnei Hod, so that the people should not gaze at them. (Moshav Zekenim (30) - so they should not benefit from the radiance of the Shechinah constantly.)


Moshav Zekenim citing R. Yehudah ha'Chasid: When his face radiated, Yisrael came to him, and he taught them. When he donned the mask; this was a sign that he finished. Shortly afterwards, he removed it. 1


Moshav Zekenim: This is difficult. "V'Heshiv" implies that he wore it for an extended time!


Why did he not wear the mask when he spoke with the people?


Seforno: In order that they should see his face when he taught them Torah. 1


As the Navi prescribes in Yeshayah, 30:2. See also Eruvin, 13b (Seforno).

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