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20:6 Moses and Aaron moved away from the demonstration to the Communion Tent entrance, and fell on their faces. God's glory was revealed to them.
Vayavo Moshe ve'Aharon mipney hakahal el-petach Ohel Mo'ed vayiplu al-pneyhem vayera chvod-Adonay aleyhem.
20:7 Third Reading Second Reading
God spoke to Moses, saying,
Vayedaber Adonay el-Moshe lemor.



Commentary:

moved away
  (Saadia; Ibn Ezra; Septuagint). Literally, 'came.'

fell on their faces
  To pray (Ibn Ezra; Ralbag; Bachya), or to try to appease the demonstrators (Ralbag). Some say that they fell on their faces to seek prophecy (Ibn Ezra; see Genesis 17:3, Ezekiel 1:28). This may not have been the first time that God spoke to Moses after a 38 year hiatus (Taanith 30b; Sifra on Leviticus 1:1). See Deuteronomy 2:16.





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