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1)

Seeing as Aharon now became Moshe's spokesman, why did Hashem still see fit to assist them personally?

1.

Seforno: So that their word should penetrate Pharaoh's heart and to prevent him from rising up against them and throwing them out of the palace.

2.

Ramban 1 : So that his words should find favor in the ears of all his listeners.


1

This explains why Hashem needed to assist Aharon, whose speech was not defected (Also refer to 4:15:2:1*).

2)

Since Aharon was the chief spokesman, why did He still need to assist Moshe?

1.

Ramban: Because Aharon spoke exclusively to Yisrael; 1 Moshe was the one to speak to Pharaoh. 2


1

As indicated in Pasuk 16 (Ramban).

2

Ramban: This is due to Kavod Malchus. However, when Moshe repeated his complaint later (See Va'eira, Bereishis 6:30), Hashem relented, and allowed Aharon to act as his spokesman even when addressing Pharaoh. In fact, this was a Kavod for Moshe - as the Pasuk states there (in 7:1) "See, I have appointed you as a G-d over Pharaoh and Aharon your brother will be your prophet".

3)

Rashi writes that Aharon was supposed to be the Levi, and Moshe, the Kohen. How could Moshe be a Kohen? Kehunah depends on Bechorah, and Aharon was the Bechor!

1.

Tosfos ha'Shalem (6): Yocheved miscarried before Aharon was born (so also Aharon was not a Bechor 1 ).

2.

Even if Aharon was a Bechor, perhaps Hashem wanted to make Moshe Kohen anyway. For various reasons, sometimes the Kehunah was not based on birth, e.g. Shem, Yakov, Levi, Moshe (during the Milu'im) and Pinchas! (PF)


1

Bamidbar Rabah 6:2, Tosfos Chachmei Angliyah and Maharsha (both on Sanhedrin 7a): Aharon was the Bechor. The Ta'amim for Bamidbar 3:2 connote that Aharon was the Bechor. Ba'al ha'Turim - he was Bechor with respect to Moshe (and so Etz Yosef explains Bamidbar Rabah). Meshech Chachmah - or, he was Bechor for Nevu'ah. Rashash - Bamidbar Rabah means that he was truly the Bechor, unlike the Midrashim [and almost all Meforshim], which say that Miryam was Aharon's older sister. Rashbam (Shemos 15:20) - Miryam is called Achos Aharon, due to Bechorah. (In Bereishis 28:9, Bereishis 36:22 he wrote 'for Aharon was her oldest brother.' Bamidbar 26:59 - Yocheved bore, to Amram, Aharon, Moshe and Miryam their sister. Several verses list children not in order of birth. Surely Miryam is Moshe's older sister, the youth who called a wetnurse for Bisyah. Can we say that that she was a three month old twin, or that the Torah never mentions that sister again, and Miryam was born after Moshe?! (PF)

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