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Ch. 6, v. 2: "Va'y'da'beir Elokim .. va'yo'mer eilov ani Hashem" - Although Elokim spoke to Moshe in a stringent manner, even this was done with the intention of mercy, "dibur" changing to "amiroh" and Elokim changing to Hashem. (Rabbi Yehoshua of Apt in Oheiv Yisroel and Rabbi Mordechai Yoseif of Ishbitze in Mei Hashiloach)

Ch. 6, v. 3: "Ushmi Hashem LO nodati lohem" - My Name is known to those who consider themselves as naught. (Rabbi Chaim Mayer of Viznitz in Likutei Imrei Chaim)

Ch. 6, v. 6: "V'hotzeisi es'chem mitachas sivlos Mitzrayim" - I will take you out of your tolerance and complacency toward Egypt. You cannot expect to be redeemed from Egypt if you are tolerant of your situation. This is the first step towards leaving Egypt. Likewise, if we truly want to have our bitter "golus Edom" come to an end, it cannot happen if we have become tolerant, complacent, and even comfortable with our "golus." (Chidushei Hori"m)

Ch. 6, v. 8: "V'nosati osoh lochem moroshoh" - Eretz Yisroel is given to the bnei Yisroel both as a present, "v'nosati," and as an inheritance, "moroshoh." It is given as an inheritance, thus belonging to us in a continuum, from father to son, and as a present, to counter the claims of both Yishmo'eil and Eisov, who incorrectly lay claim to Eretz Yisroel. (Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dinov in Agro D'kalloh)

Ch. 6, v. 9: "V'lo shomu el Moshe" - They did not hearken to Moshe's being the agent to take them out of Egypt, since an exodus orchestrated by a human is of limited nature. The bnei Yisroel wanted Hashem to personally take them out. (Rabbi Chaim Zvi of Siget in Atzei Chaim)

Perhaps this point is alluded to in the next words of the verse, "mikotzer ruach," which can be read as "mikotzer revach," that their freedom would be short-lived.

Ch. 6, v. 9: "Mikotzer ruach" - Those who have limited spirituality, "kotzer ruach," will have a difficult task in their service of Hashem, "mei'avodoh koshoh." (Rabbi Nachamon of Breslov in Likutei Mahara"n)

Ch. 6, v. 12: "Hein bnei Yisroel lo shomu eilay v'eich yishmo'eini Faroh" - If the leader of the nation does not have the backing of his people, no matter what the reason, he surely cannot convince an adversary. (Sfas Emes)

Ch. 6, v. 12: "V'eich yishmo'eini Faroh" - If the bnei Yisroel will not hearken to the words of Moshe, "v'eich," then how will it look, if "yishmo'eini Paroh?" I will become an "aral s'fosayim," unable to speak in their favour. (Rabbi Moshe of Ujhel in Yismach Moshe)

Ch. 6, v. 12: "V'eich yishmo'eini Faroh" - Rashi says that this is one of ten "kalim vachamurim" in the Torah (Tanach). Moshe used the ruling of "kal vochomer," one of the 13 exegetical rulings of understanding the Torah's intention, which correspond with the 13 characteristics of mercy mentioned in the prophet Michoh, to arouse Hashem's mercy in this most trying situation. (Shem miShmuel)


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