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1)

Why is "Mah-Zeh" written as one word?

1.

Rashi #1: Moshe was about to be punished for unduly suspecting Yisrael. This is hinted in the word 'mi'Zeh' - as if to say 'from that which you are holding you deserve to be punished'. 1

2.

Rashi #2: It is like Reuven saying to Shimon 'Do you agree that the object lying in front of you is a stone?' Shimon saying 'Yes', and Reuven saying 'Well, I'm going to turn it into a stick!'

3.

Hadar Zekenim: Mi'Zeh (from this) in your hand, they will believe you.


1

See also Ba'al ha'Turim.

2)

What is the significance of the stick and the hand with which Hashem performed the two following miracles?

1.

Rashi (in Devarim): "The signs" 1 refers to Moshe's stick turning into a snake - to prove that Hashem had sent him. 2

2.

Seforno: This was an object-lesson for Moshe, that Hashem is able to give life to an inanimate object, and to death to a live one. 3


2

Presumably, it also pertains to his hand contracting leprosy.

3

Perhaps this was a hint that Hashem would bring life to Yisrael and death to the Egyptians?

3)

What is the significance of the stick and the hand with which performed the two following miracles?

1.

Rashi (in Devarim): "The signs" 1 refers to Moshe's stick turning into a snake - to prove that Hashem had sent him. 2

2.

Seforno: This was an object-lesson for Moshe, that Hashem is able to give life to an inanimate object, and to death to a live one. 3


2

Presumably, it also pertains to his hand contracting leprosy.

3

Perhaps this was a hint that Hashem would bring life to Yisrael and death to the Egyptians?

4)

Why was Moshe carrying a staff? One may not enter Har ha'Bayis with shoes or a staff! (Since he needed to remove his shoes, presumably, the same applies to a staff!)

1.

Moshav Zekenim: Since a miracle would occur with the staff, Moshe took it. 1

2.

Moshav Zekenim (3:5): Moshe needed to remove his shoes only if he wanted to enter. He did not enter.


1

Perhaps he explains why Hashem did not tell him to put down his staff. Moshe did not know that a miracle will occur with it! (PF)

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