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1)

Why did Moshe use the feminine form, when he said to Hashem "ve'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 #1: It is a normal manner of speech. 2

3.

Ramban #2 (according to Kabalah): Because he was addressing the Midas ha'Din, 3 which is feminine. 4

4.

Seforno: What he meant was that, if, in his honor, Hashem would apply a weaker, imperfect Hashgachah with regard to Yisrael


1

See Ramban, who queries this explanation, bearing in mind that the word "At" refer to Hashem, and not to Moshe?

2

Ramban: See for example Yechezkel, 28:14.

3

Ramban: See Pasuk 10.

4

Ramban: See also Devarim, 5:24.

5

Refer to 11:15:3:2.

6

Presumably, Targum Yonasan will explain the word "At" like the Ramban's first explanation (Refer to 11:15:1:2).

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: (Refer to 11:15:1:5). 'Then 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.

2

Ramban: Even though "Hereg" generally refers to death by the word.

3)

And why did he say "ve'Al Er'eh be'Ra'asi " and not 'be'Ra'asam?

1.

Rashi: It is a Tikun Sofrim - Moshe actually said 'be'Ra'asam', only he wrote in the Torah 'be'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 on account of him. 2


1

See Sifsei Chachamim.

2

Seforno: Which he considered worse than death.

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