Parashas V'Zos HaBracha
And Moses, the servant of Hashem , died there in the land of Moab by the word of Hashem.
By the word of Hashem: Rashi: With a kiss.
Can you see on what basis Rashi makes his comment that Moses died by a kiss of
An Answer: The Torah's Hebrew has the words "al pi Hashem." This means literally "by the mouth of G-d." Since this is an unusual phrase in this context, Rashi interprets these words to mean "by a kiss."
A P'shat Interpretation
The simple meaning of these words is "according to G-d." But what can that mean here - that Moses died 'according to G-d.' But isn't it so that everyone who dies, dies "according to G-d." As you read the verse, can you make sense of this phrase?
A P'shat Understanding
An Answer: The verse says: Moses died …in the land of Moab, by the word of G-d." Moses died in Moab, and not in the land of Israel, as he had longed for. So his dying in Moab was by the word of G-d. This would seem to be the simple meaning of these words.
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