Exodus 33:1
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1  Then Hashem said to Moshe, “Set out from here, you and the people that you have brought up from the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov, saying, ‘To your offspring will I give it’

vai-da-BAYR a-do-NAI el mo-SHEH LAYKH a-LAY mi-ZEH a-TAH v’-ha-AM a-SHER he-e-LEE-ta may-E-retz mitz-RA-yim el ha-A-retz a-SHER nish-BA-tee l’-av-ra-HAM l’-yitz-KHAK ul-ya-a-KOV lay-MOR l’-zar-a-KHA e-t’-NE-nah

א  וַיְדַבֵּר יְהֹוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵךְ עֲלֵה מִזֶּה אַתָּה וְהָעָם אֲשֶׁר הֶעֱלִיתָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּעְתִּי לְאַבְרָהָם לְיִצְחָק וּלְיַעֲקֹב לֵאמֹר לְזַרְעֲךָ אֶתְּנֶנָּה׃

 33:1   Set out from here

The Hebrew for ‘set out from here’ is lech, aleh mizeh (לך עלה מזה). The word lech means ‘go’ or ‘set out,’ and the word aleh means ‘ascend.’ It seems that it would have been enough for Hashem to simply tell Moshe lech mizeh, set out from here, and head to “the land of which I swore…’ What is added by the word aleh, ‘ascend’? Rashi finds a beautiful message in this seemingly extraneous word. He quotes the Talmud (Zevachim 54b) which teaches a precious lesson regarding the role of Eretz Yisrael: In a spiritual sense, the Holy Land is “the highest of all places on Earth” which is why the Torah uses an extra word, “to ascend.”

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  • That is a lovely commentary on the verse 1. The very act of ascending, 'going up' tells us that Hashem's plans for us have always been to benefit us. That we might go from strength to strength [Ps 84] But for all that Hashem says in chapter 32 v 34 that despite His leading them He will visit their sin upon them.

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