Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Whoa, who is this Anti-Moses?

They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt.

(Nechemiah 9:17)

Is this mentioned anywhere in the Torah? I cannot recall an episode where the people chose a leader to return to Egypt. Can anyone help me out?

4 Comments:

Blogger Modeh B'Miktsas said...

Think so. It says the people came before Moses. Obviously it was impossible for 1.2 million (minimum) people to go over to one man and say something, especially the same thing.

So they must have appointed a representative.

August 15, 2007 10:09 AM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Can you quote chapter and verse please?

August 15, 2007 10:13 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

the language of ויתנו ראש seems to refer back to the נתנה ראש in this incident

August 15, 2007 4:30 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

thanks steg, that must be it!

August 15, 2007 5:37 PM  

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