Chukas/Balak 5780

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Selfless Prayer

וידבר העם באלהים ובמשה למה העליתנו ממצרים למות במדבר כי אין לחם ואין מים ונפשנו קצה בלחם הקלקל: וישלח יקוק בעם את הנחשים השרפים וינשכו את העם וימת עם רב מישראל: ויבא העם אל משה ויאמרו חטאנו כי דברנו ביקוק ובך התפלל אל יקוק ויסר מעלינו את הנחש ויתפלל משה בעד העם   (כא,ה-ז)

On Pasuk ה quoted above Rashi writes השוו עבד לקונו, meaning that it was at this complaint that Klal Yisrael equated Hashem and Moshe. In Pasuk ז where Moshe beseeches Hashem on behalf of Klal Yisrael, Rashi writes מכאן למי שמבקשים ממנו מחילה שלא יהא אכזרי מלמחול.

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