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Shabbat Parashat Vaeira | 5769
Believe Me When I Speak
We have discussed before that there are different levels of belief and, correspondingly, different means by which the liberation from
Therefore, at the second communication at the burning bush, Hashem equipped Moshe with tools, the staff and the miraculous signs, to convince Paroh and the nation. In the first stage, Bnei Yisrael believed based on the signs, which reached their height at the splitting of the sea. The great miracles lead to the revelation at Sinai, where they heard Hashem speak, after which time their belief was based on the dibbur (speech). If we look at the text of Shemot, we see that before Sinai the Torah introduces Hashem’s speeches with “vayomer” (roughly, He said) and afterward it is with “vayedaber” (roughly, He spoke).
Let us now approach the thesis from other sources. After the giving of the Torah, Moshe’s staff disappears from the text, except for an appearance in Bamidbar. We can learn something from R. Yehuda’s break-up of the plagues that afflicted
Let us pray that our nation will be strengthened in its belief and will return to the level of belief that existed at Sinai. About this event, the Torah says: “I will come to you in the midst of the cloud so that the nation will hear when I speak to you (Moshe) and in you too they will believe forever” (Shemot 19:9).
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R ' Meir ben Yechezkel Shraga Brachfeld
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