When Bnei Yisrael saw Moshe, they jumped back in fear. His face was shining so brightly, it hurt their eyes! They wondered if he had become an angel. They were afraid to approach him.
Moshe didn’t understand why the people were running away, so he approached the leaders of the tribes.
“What’s going on?” Moshe asked them. “I came down to tell everyone that HaShem has forgiven the people for their sin, and has even given us a new set of Luchos. But now, the people won’t even look at me!”
Moshe noticed that the tribe leaders were squinting and covering their eyes.
“Your face is shining with a light as bright as the sun!” they exclaimed.
“Oh! I didn’t realize that!” said Moshe.
He covered his shining face with a veil, so that the people could come closer and hear his good news. Their past was forgiven. Bnei Yisrael now were given a second chance!