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1)

Why did Moshe use the feminine form, when he said to Hashem "v'Im Kachah At Oseh li"?

1.

Rashi: When Hashem showed Moshe the punishment that He was about to bring upon Yisrael for their sin, he felt powerless like a woman 1 and asked Hashem to kill him first.

2.

Ramban, Moshav Zekenim: It is a normal manner of speech, like we find in Yechezkel, 28:14.

3.

Ramban #2 (according to Kabalah): Because he was addressing the Midas ha'Din, 2 which is feminine. 3

4.

Seforno: What he meant was that, if, in his honor, Hashem would apply a weaker, imperfect Hashgachah with regard to Yisrael - like that of a woman. 4


1

Refer to 11:15:151:1.

2

Ramban: See Pasuk 10.

3

Ramban: See also Devarim, 5:24.

4

Refer to 11:15:3:2.

2)

What are the implications of "Horgeini Na Harog"?

1.

Ramban #1: It implies 'Send people to kill me by the sword'. 1

2.

Ramban #2: It implies 'Kill me by Your Hand'. 2

3.

Targum Yonasan: [If You will do so to me, to place all of Yisrael's problems on my shoulders,) kill me with the death that is reserved for Tzadikim!'


1

Ramban: As we find in Yirmiyah, 18:21 and in Yechezkel, 37:9. Because even such a death is preferable than the pain of seeing Yisrael suffer. Sifri Zuta

3)

Why did he say "v'Al Er'eh b'Ra'asi" and not 'b'Ra'asam?

1.

Rashi: It is a Tikun Sofrim - Moshe actually said 'b'Ra'asam', only he wrote in the Torah 'b'Ra'asi" 1 to soften the impact.

2.

Seforno: He meant that he did not want to see the fateful Hashgachah (that affected Yisrael and) that Hashem brought about due to him. 2

3.

Da'as Zekenim: It is better that I die immediately, than to deteriorate due to them.

4.

Moshav Zekenim: Moshe said, it is written about me "Anav Me'od 3 ", and it is written "b'Einei Moshe Ra" (seeing evil in others is a lack of humility).


1

See Sifsei Chachamim.

2

Seforno: Which he considered worse than death.

3

This verse is written later (12:3)! We must say that Moshe knew that it will be written about him. (PF)

4)

Rashi writes that Moshe used the feminine form "At" because he became weak like a woman. "At" refers to Hashem, and not to Moshe!

1.

Rosh: He means that Moshe became weak, and could not finish the word, like sometimes happens to women. Riva - one who begins sighing cannot finish his breath. However, this is difficult; we need not say so. We do not know the reason for everything extra or missing!

2.

Moshav Zekenim: There is a Pesik (break) between "Kachah" and "At". If You will do so

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