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Rav Shimshon Rafael Hirsch (as well as others) point out that this was the first time locusts had reached Egypt. If they were not eradicated before they managed to lay their eggs, it would become a permanent and recurring plague. This would be the death of Egyypt because it would destroy all future agriculture. This was not a temporary plague that would ...


The Chasam Sofer uses this question to answer another question: How did Moshe know what plague to bring next? Hashem's words do not mention anything about a plague of locust! The Chasam Sofer explains that Hashem hinted it to him - take בא, to פרעה in order to place these letters of mine (שתי could mean to place, אות can mean letter) in him - take ב and ...

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