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      8. RASHI METHOD: DATABASES
      BRIEF EXPLANATION:Rashi makes inferences from Database queries. The precise definition of database query has been identified in modern times with the 8 operations of Sequential Query Language (SQL).

      This example applies to Rashis Ex04-14a
      URL Reference: (c) http://www.Rashiyomi.com/w35n1.htm
      Brief Summary: Moses refused to prophesy. God lost his temper. Moses was punished with loss of the priesthood.

We ask the following database query: Does the phrase God lost his temper correlate with anything? The reader is encouraged to perform the query using a standard Biblical Konnkordance or search engine. This database query yields the list below. The list justifies the following Rashi inference: Every occurrence of God losing his temper is followed by a punishment except for Ex04-14. We are therefore justified in re-interpreting Ex04-14 to be consistent with this principle: Because Moses refused prophetic leadership he lost the right to have the Priesthood which was given to Aaron. The list below presents the results of the database query.

Verse God losing his temper Resulting punishment
Dt29-26 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book;
Nu22-22, Nu31-07:08 And Godís anger was kindled because he went; and the angel of the Lord stood in the way as an adversary against him And they warred against the Midianites, as the Lord commanded Moses; and they slew all the males. And they slew the kings ...and Balaam, the son of Beor, they also slew with the sword.
Nu32-13 And the Lordís anger was kindled against Israel, , and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the Lord, was consumed.
Nu12-09:10 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed. And the cloud departed from off the Tent and, behold, Miriam had become leprous, white as snow; and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous
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Ex04-14 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well.

Advanced Rashi: Rashi's point is that Even though no punishment is explicitly mentioned in Ex04-14 nevertheless because of the database query we are justified in seeing the underlined words Aaron the Levite as a hint justifying the inference: Aaron was suppose to be Levite and Moses was suppose to acquire the Priesthood but Moses was deprived of the Priesthood because he refused leadership until God lost his temper. Again: The driving force of Rashi is not an emphasis on extra words but rather the database query which shows that a punishment is missing in the verse which therefore has to be supplied by hints.


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