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The Maharal writes that although it was Hashem himself who killed the first-born, as we stress in the Haggada, permission was given to the destroyer. Usually the משחית doesn't have permission to wreak havoc on mankind. But during a מגפה the מלאך המות reigns freely. This is alluded to in Bava Kamma, in Hakoness, that during a plague one should walk on the ...


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Rav Hirsch groups the plagues as shown in the Hagadah as three groups. He groups them in three rows each with three columns and explains both the rows and the columns and explains in וארא 7:15 ...דצך remedy Egyptians from the erroneous ideas of גרות עבדות ועינוי by the revelation of Hashem's Power and Almightiness on water and land אדש by the ...


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"After they will leave with a great possession" To what was this referring? The Great Possession was really the Torah! But haShem asked Moshe to tell the B'nei Yisroel to request gold & silver vessels from the Egyptians to ensure that none of the less sophisticated members of the B'nei Yisroel would not underestimate the value of the Torah and ...


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Even though it says by Lulav 'ulkachtem' it doesnt mean specifically "buy" like it does with the pesach lamb. Maybe the answer is that since the reason for taking it so early, four days before it was necessary, was for the Jews to show "mesiras nefesh" and not to be scared of the Egyptians, the torah is telling you a rule for mesiras nefesh. If one wants to ...


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As @DoubleAA alluded: Exodus 4:22-23: וְאָמַרְתָּ֖ אֶל־פַּרְעֹ֑ה כֹּ֚ה אָמַ֣ר יְהוָ֔ה בְּנִ֥י בְכֹרִ֖י יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ וָאֹמַ֣ר אֵלֶ֗יךָ שַׁלַּ֤ח אֶת־בְּנִי֙ וְיַֽעַבְדֵ֔נִי וַתְּמָאֵ֖ן לְשַׁלְּח֑וֹ הִנֵּה֙ אָנֹכִ֣י הֹרֵ֔ג אֶת־בִּנְךָ֖ בְּכֹרֶֽךָ׃ And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh: Thus saith the LORD: Israel is My son, My first-born. And I have ...


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The Malbim explains that Moses is wondering how could it be that Pharaoh, who was afraid before, suddenly strengthens his own heart right after the hail-and-fire plague that ended the last parsha. So G-d tells Moses "Come to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart" and that he did so for two reasons: "in order that I may place these signs of Mine in his ...



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