How they sang Az Yashir — Sotah 30b

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    MDG
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    The Gemara records a three way machloket as to how they sang.

    1) R’ Akiva says that Moshe sang phrase by phrase, and the people would repeat after each phrase Ashira LaHashem.

    2) R’ Yosi HaGalili says that Moshe sang a phrase and they repeated exactly what Moshe sang.

    3) R’ Nechemia says that Moshe started the shira, but they all sang together.

    I have a question on Rav Nechemia’s pshat. How did they all know the words so that they could all sing together?

    I was thinking that they all had some revelation of Hashem, thus making them all like Neviim for a short time. Therefore they all had Divine inspiration, including knowing what to sing. This idea works well with the next sugya which talks about how even (unborn) babies looked up and said Zeh Aili viAnveihu.

    Does anyone know an answer to my question about R’ Nechemia pshat or have any comments? There are greatly appreciated.

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    rabbiofberlin
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    MDG- see Rasshi. He says exactly as you surmise-that ,for a short moment, all of the Bnai israel had Ruach hakodeh.

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    zogt_besser
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    here is what rashi says: ?????? ???? ??? ??? ???? ??? ????? ?? ???? ?????? ??? ?? ????? ?????. baruch shekeivanta.

    #1113927

    Little Froggie
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    I have a different question, bothering me a lot.

    The passuk says ??? ????? ??? ??? ?? ??? ????? ?, the Gemarrah asks just because they looked they were punished?

    There is an explicit passuk in Bamidbar: ??? ????? ????? ???? ?? ???? ????, which seems to indicate exactly as mentioned indeed! Actually, in Shmuel, the pirush of R. Yeshaya (I think) mentions that Passuk. And is close to what the Maharsha is saying. So what is the Gemarah so astonished?

    Anyone with an illumination / clarification would be appreciated.

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