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How was it possible for Moses to speak to large groups with his speech impediment?

by Rabbi Simcha Bart


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Our sages explain that when Moshe spoke to Pharaoh at G-d’s behest, he miraculously spoke without a stutter.1   Furthermore, with the Divine revelation by Mount Sinai, Moses was completely healed of his speech disability.2

With the Divine revelation by Mount Sinai, Moses was completely healed of his speech disability
Interestingly, there are commentators3   who contend that Moses did not have a speech impediment at all. They interpret Moses’ statement,  “I am heavy of mouth and heavy of tongue,” that having been out of Egypt for more than sixty years4   he didn’t feel comfortable addressing Pharaoh and the royal court in the Egyptian tongue which he had long abandoned.


  • 1. Midrash Rabba, Exodus 3:25.
  • 2. Midrash Rabba, Deuteronomy 1:1; Zohar vol. II 25b.
  • 3. Rashbam and Ibn Ezra (in his “Pirush Hakatzer”) on Exodus 4:10.
  • 4. Moses left Egypt as an adolescent, immediately after “it came to pass in those days that Moses grew up” (Exodus 2:11), and returned at the age of eighty (ibid. 7:7).


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[Hebrew pronunciation: Moshe] Greatest prophet to ever live. Led the Jews out of Egyptian bondage amidst awesome miracles; brought down the Tablets from Mount Sinai; and transmitted to us word-for-word the Torah he heard from G-d's mouth. Died in the year 1272 BCE.
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.