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1)

What is this ascension referring to?

1.

Rashi #1: To receive the second set of Luchos; and the Torah mentions it here to teach us how long he remained there. 1


1

Rashi: Which it did not do above - at the beginning of the Perek.

2)

What are the implications of the words "ka'Yamim ha'Rishonim"?

1.

Rashi #2: To teach us that these forty days were days of goodwill, just as the first ones were. 1

2.

Ramban (citing the Seider Olam): To teach us that, during these forty days, Moshe Davened to Hashem with the thirteen Midos ('Hashem Hashem') just as he did during the first forty days. 2


1

See Sifsei Chachamim.

2

Ramban: And just as He did the first time, Hashem answered Moshe positively, as the next Pasuk explains.

3)

What are the implications of "Lo Avah Hashem Hashchisecha"?

1.

Ramban #1: Hashem did not want you not to come and inherit Eretz Yisrael (immediately), so as not to sin like the Meraglim sinned and cause Yisrael to be destroyed. 1

2.

Ramban #2 (According to Kabalah): It implies that Hashem (the G-d of Mercy) does not want destruction to emanate from Him, and that His great Name should not accompany you. 2


1

Ramban: As in Bamidbar 32:15.

2

See R. Chavel's notes.

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