I commented on this Rashi in the previous WBR series;
I believe the explanation here is better.
And Hashem said to Aaron: You and your sons and your father's house with you, will bear the iniquity of the Mikdash; and you and your sons with you will bear the iniquity of your priesthood.
And He said to Aaron: Rashi: He (G-d) said to Moshe it that he should say to Aaron to warn him regarding the Israelites that they should not enter the Mikdash.
WHAT IS RASHI SAYING?
Rashi is telling us that although the Torah says Hashem spoke to Aaron directly, Rashi says, in fact, that Hashem spoke to Moshe to tell Aaron His command.
What would you ask on this comment?
A Question: Why doesn't Rashi accept the Torah at its word- that Hashem spoke to Aaron - not to Moshe?
Can you see why?
Hint: see the context.
WHAT IS BOTHERING RASHI?
An Answer: If we look back at the end of chapter 17 verses 25-28. We see that the Children of Israel spoke to Moshe (verse 28).
So why does the Torah say G-d's answer was directed to Aaron, when Moshe was the one in need of an answer?
Rashi's comment is directed to this question. That is why he says that in fact G-d did answer Moshe and spoke to him who was told to convey this to Aaron.
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