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Ch. 11, v. 21: "Sheish mei'os ragli ho'om asher onochi b'kirbo" - I Moshe am in the souls of each of the 600,000 bnei Yisroel (based on the words of the Holy Zohar that there is a spark of Moshe's soul in each and every one of the bnei Yisroel). (Rabbi Avrohom Mordechai of Gur in Imrei Emes)

Ch. 11, v. 21,22: "Sheish mei'os ragli ho'om asher ONOCHI b'kirbo, Hatzone u'vokor yishocheit lo'hem u'motzo lo'hem" - Since there is the impact of "ONOCHI Hashem Elo'kecho" deeply imbedded in the soul of each of the 600,000 bnei Yisroel, even if sheep and cattle were to be slaughtered for them to satisfy their lust for meat, it will still not satisfy them, as they essentially lust spirituality. (Nirre li)

Ch. 11, v. 22: "Hatzone u'vokor yishocheit lo'hem" - Their lust for meat will slaughter them. (Rabbi Zvi Hersh of Nadvorna)

Ch. 11, v. 34: "Kivrose hataavoh" - The bitter end of those who lusted gave the ret of the bnei Yisroel the fortitude to bury, put aside, their lusts. (Baal Shem Tov)

Ch. 12, v. 1: "Al odose ho'ishoh" - Rashi says that they spoke negatively of his abstaining from having relations with his wife. Moshe was the conduit for sanctity for the bnei Yisroel. Miriam and Aharon said that had Moshe continued to have relations with his wife, he would have so sanctified this act that it would have spilled over to the bnei Yisroel and they would not have come to the point of complaining about the new restrictions against having relations with certain relatives. (Rabbi Shlomo of Radomsk in Tiferes Shlomo)

Ch. 12, v. 2: "Va'yishma Hashem" - Only Hashem heard, but Moshe didn't. The criticism just simply had no effect upon him did not even enter his ears. (Noam Elimelech)

Ch. 12, v. 3: "V'o'ish Moshe onov m'ode mikol ho'odom asher al pnei ho'adomoh" - Moshe was more humble than even a person who was totally engrossed in earthiness, "al pnei ho'adomoh." (Baal Shem Tov) Because there were people who were totally involved in earthy pursuits, Moshe was humble. He felt that he was as of yet unsuccessful in persuading all of mankind to pursue holiness. (Rabbi Shlomo of Radomsk in Tiferes Shlomo) Moshe was humble because he attributed his greatness to the merit all of mankind. (Rabbi Ben Zion of Bobov in Kedushas Zion)

Ch. 12, v. 7: "B'chol beisi ne'emon hu" - In spite of all the great spiritual experiences to which he was exposed, thus allowing him to be witness to this, he remained a "ne'emon," a believer. He was firmly rooted in belief and not in being an eye witness. (Rabbi Mordechai of Lechovitch in Toras Ovos)

Ch. 12, v. 8: "Peh el Peh ada'beir BO" - The verse does not say LO. This is bcause the voice of Hashem emanated from Moshe's throat as he spoke, hence "ada'beir BO," I will speak THROUGH him. (Rabbi Moshe Yechiel of Ozsherov)

Ch. 12, v. 8: "U'smunas Hashem yabit" - Wherever Moshe looked, he saw G-dliness in it. (Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk) Just as Hashem's view encompassed all that would result from the present for all later generations, so too Moshe had the same far-reaching view. (Rabbi Avrohom Mordechai of Gur in Likutei Yehudoh)


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