8 With him I speak mouth to mouth, plainly and not in riddles, and he beholds the likeness of Hashem. How then did you not shrink from speaking against My servant Moshe!”
PEH el PEH a-da-bayr BO u-mar-EH v’-LO v’-khee-DOT ut-mu-NAT a-do-NAI ya-BEET u-ma-DU-a LO y’-ray-TEM l’-da-BAYR b’-av-DEE v’-mo-SHEH
ח פֶּה אֶל־פֶּה אֲדַבֶּר־בּוֹ וּמַרְאֶה וְלֹא בְחִידֹת וּתְמֻנַת יְהֹוָה יַבִּיט וּמַדּוּעַ לֹא יְרֵאתֶם לְדַבֵּר בְּעַבְדִּי בְמֹשֶׁה׃
12:8 With him I speak mouth to mouth
The prophecy of Moshe was qualitatively different than that of any other prophet to have ever lived. According to Jewish teachings, prophets generally received their prophecy in a dream or trance, and were given a message that they needed to decode before they could deliver it to the people. They expressed and wrote these messages in their own words, though the messages themselves were divine. Moshe’s prophecy, though, was different. As the verse indicates, he spoke to God, as it were, “face to face.” When receiving his prophecy, Moshe was fully conscious, and he heard Hashem’s messages word for word. It is through this level of prophecy that the Five Books of Moshe were written; not only are the messages of the books divine, but the words themselves were given directly by Hashem.