What is the significance of the "Af va'Cheimah"?


Ramban: Despite the fact that Hashem had already retracted from His initial threat to wipe out K'lal Yisrael, 1 Moshe found it necessary to ascend Har Sinai to Daven on their behalf to protect them against the wrath and the rage of Hashem.


Targum Yonasan: When, following the sin of the Golden Calf, Hashem sent down five angels - Af, Cheimah, Ketzef, Mashchis and Charon - to destroy Yisrael, Moshe roused the Avos from their graves to Daven for them. They succeeded in eliminating the latter three, and now, with his Tefilos, Moshe eliminated Af and Cheimah. 2


Targum Yonasan: Whom he subsequently buried in a pit in the land of Mo'av, by means of the Great Name of Hashem (The question remains however, why Af, Cheimah and Ketzef Gadol reappear in Devarim 29:27).

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