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The Ramban in Parshas Bo, Chapter 13, Verse 16 on "and Totafos between your eyes" discusses how the Plagues demonstrate that Hashem is the creator, knows all, and oversees and is all powerful. It is a worthwhile and important Ramban to go through.


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Rav Yehuda made a siman for the 10 makkas D’tzach ,A’dash ,B’achav three distinct classes. The Kli Yakar explains why three separate classes. The מהרי"א explains that Paroh argued on three points 1)He didn’t believe in Hashem 2) Even if Hashem existed he created the world but doesn’t get involved. 3) He believed even if Hashem is involved he can’t change ...


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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 ...


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There are many sources that deal with the plagues and their meaning as well as each plague individually, many of which are found in some of the different haggadahs that have been published. Rabbi Shimson Rafael Hirsch, in his commentary on Parshas Vaera (7:15) goes into detail on the subject. He also goes into more detail with each plague pointing out ...


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My minhag is that one should not drink the wine dipped for the plagues so as not to gain pleasure from the suffering of the Egyptians the spilled drops represent. It is not cursed, rather the drinking of it is accursed.


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Rav Yehuda made a siman for the 10 makkas D’tzach ,A’dash ,B’achav three distinct classes. The Kli Yakar explains why three separate classes. The מהרי"א explains that Paroh argued on three points 1)He didn’t believe in Hashem 2) Even if Hashem existed he created the world but doesn’t get involved. 3) He believed even if Hashem is involved he can’t change ...


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Another answer suggested by several Rishonim in their commentaries to the Hagadah (Rid, Pirush Kadmon, Shiboley Haleket): The following section of the Hagadah records an argument between several Sages regarding how many plauges the Egyptians were smitten with by the sea. R' Yossi Haglili maintains that they suffered from 50 plauges, R' Eliezer claims it was ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe said that this abbreviation answers the question of what Hashem meant when He said that He "mocked" the Egyptians when he rescued B'nei Yisra'el from their land. This is alluded to by the fact that d'tza"ch ada"sh b'acha"v is numerically equivalent to the word asher from the pasuk (Sh'mos 10:1-2): בֹּא אֶל-פַּרְעֹה כִּי-אֲנִי ...


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Rabbi Glatstein gave a whole shuir in this exact inyun hear the shuir here. http://www.torahanytime.com/video/haggadah-shel-pesach-the-siman-of-rabbi-yehudah-the-landmark-revelation-of-the-sfat-emet/


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Abarbanel writes that, because there's a different order for the plagues in Psalms (78? 105? he's unclear), and one might think it's the chronological order (and the order in the Exodus is not, per אין מוקדם ומאוחר בתורה), Rabi Y'huda gave a mnemonic so one knows the chronological order. h/t Double AA


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There are many explanations of the intent of his divisions. Here is one: The Maharal points out that the plagues follow a pattern, split into units of 3 - the first of each group (plagues 1, 4, and 7) are preceded by a warning to Pharaoh issued by the Nile. The second of each group (2, 5, and 8) are preceded by a warning issued to Pharaoh while sitting on ...


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Yes one, anwser is according to the Shemos Rabba that the water in Goshen (place where jews lived) did not turn into blood. Also the Pardes Yosef says the water didnt turn into blood. Only when the Egyptians tried to drink from it did it turn to blood. He learns it out from the extra words in the pasuk that the fish died. Therefore they did not receive ...


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It was suggested that this was the Egyptians first encounter with a plague that’s objective was to bring about death. It demonstrated Hashem’s ability to bring about life and death. (I will try and locate the Rishon that said this.)


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Each plague was done with a finger of Hashem, as it says "אצבע אלקים היא" (Shemos 8:15) by כנים, and דבר was the fifth plague, making it 5 fingers, a full hand. (my) Source: Maaseh Nisim Hagada by Rabbeinu Yaakov m'Lisa (aka the Nesivos Hamishpat) quoting "the commentaries" While I was looking back through my Haggadas for the source, I found this as ...


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The Haggadah explicitly learns that the Hand of G-d refers to Pestilence from Shemot 9:3, where it talks about Pestilence coming from the Hand of G-d. Of interest is Shemot Rabbah 10:1, which quotes R' Yehoshua ben Levi's teaching that each of the 10 plagues came with a side-plague of Pestilence. While looking for that source I came across this on ...



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