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Deuteronomy 18:15

Rabbi Yoel LiebermanAdar 11, 5775
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Question
In this verse it seems as though Moses is saying that another prophet will be "raised up". Because many prophets came to be, do any of the Hebrew scriptures say who this prophet is that Moses is talking about? Thanks
Answer
ב"ה Shalom Rashi addresses this question specifically, though Rashi did not write it out , his commentators who clarified what was bothering Rashi, touched upon this point. The explanation offered by Siftei Chachamim is that Moshe was not referring to another prophet who would be like him, since the pasuk in chapter 34;10 say specifically that there will be no other prophet like Moshe. Therefore, what Moshe meant to say was that another prophet or other prophets will arise who are like him in the sense that he is another Jewish brother not that the reference was to a specific prophet. Moshe's intention was to say that in other generations as well there will be prophets therefore, there is no need for sorcerers. Happy Purim
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