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Why did G-d give Moses a speech impediment?

by Mrs. Chana Weisberg


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G-d wanted the Jewish People to follow Moses because of the truth of his message, and not due to his oratory skills. This teaches us a powerful lesson. One would think that Moses was a thundering orator and a captivating motivational speaker. Hardly—he spoke with a profound stutter. Yet he was Moses.

Unlike today, when the message is confused with the messenger, through Moses’ defect, G-d taught us for all time to separate the two.


[Ed. note: Also read "What caused Moses' speech impediment?"]

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Posted by: Hymie on Aug 19, 2005

ive never heard of moshe having a speech impediment or lisp. where is there evidence of this??

Editor's Comment

Moses said to the Lord, "I beseech You, O Lord. I am not a man of words, neither from yesterday nor from the day before yesterday, nor from the time You have spoken to Your servant, for I am heavy of mouth and heavy of tongue" -- Exodus 4:10.
[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.