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"The tribe of Ephraim miscalculated the time of the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt, and left the country thirty years before the appointed time. They were met by a hostile host of Philistines, who offered them battle, in which the Ephraimites lost 300,000 men (according to Pesi?., 180,000; according to Pir?e R. El., 200,000). Their bones ...


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I collected a few links that discuss this question, with several different suggestions for an answer. For example: The Rosh says that only those who did not believe in the Exodus died in the plague of darkness. The Chatam Sofer says that they were kept alive so that the miracle of the ground opening up will be done especially for them. See more in the links ...


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My favorite commentator when it comes to understanding the differences of meanings between words (that may seem like synonyms) is the Malbim. He has some wonderful and minute distinctions between such pairs, and he holds to them throughout his commentary on the Tanach. These small differences can open a wide world of new understandings. Luckily, he does ...


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Yes there is evidence that the people of Israel knew they were going to get the Torah prior to Kabalat HaTorah. Ray's answer cites Shemot 6:7. Even before that, in Shemot 3:12, God says to Moshe וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ כִּֽי־אֶֽהְיֶ֣ה עִמָּ֔ךְ וְזֶה־לְּךָ֣ הָא֔וֹת כִּ֥י אָנֹכִ֖י שְׁלַחְתִּ֑יךָ בְּהוֹצִֽיאֲךָ֤ אֶת־הָעָם֙ מִמִּצְרַ֔יִם תַּֽעַבְדוּן֙ ...


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The Shach on the Torah says that since they were the sons of royalty, the Eframites lived in peace and security in Egypt, and were not enslaved. One of Efrayim's descendants (Gozan? - not sure who that is) announced that G-d told him that he was to take them out of Egypt. Then, the Bnei Efrayim, left. However, we are told that the more the Jews were ...


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Moshe Rabbeinu turned 80 on 7 Adar before the Exodus and the splitting of the Sea was 22 Nisan (The next month) Shmos Va'eira 7:7 וּמשֶׁה בֶּן שְׁמֹנִים שָׁנָה וְאַהֲרֹן בֶּן שָׁלשׁ וּשְׁמֹנִים שָׁנָה בְּדַבְּרָם אֶל פַּרְעֹה: And Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron was eighty three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh. Actually this is ...


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(No sources; this is my own thinking.) We learn that we must take positive action to affirm our relationship with God and k'lal Yisrael. Yisraelites who merited being spared from this affliction were nonetheless affected if they did not take action. We learn that we sometimes must take public action to affirm our status as Yisraelim. The blood was placed ...


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This is my own reasoning; I don't have rabbinic sources. It appears that at the time Israel was in Egypt, the typical dwelling was the four-room house, which had the following layout for the ground floor: While multiple rooms means interior passages, there appears to be only one exterior doorway. The following photo from an archaeological site of the ...


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I've tried to keep to the literal interpretation as much as possible. ‘Reuven’, as it is stated, (Exodus 3, 7,) “I have surely seen the affliction of My people.” ‘Shimon’, named for (Exodus 2, 24,) “And God heard their groaning.” ‘Levi’, named so because the Holy One, blessed be He connected to their plight from the midst of the bush, to fulfil what is ...


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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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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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According to The Jewish Timeline Encyclopedia, Moshe was born in 2368 from creation and the people crossed the Sea of Reeds in 2448. That would make Moshe 80.


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Lets look at this "change" they had the following way: You have a cleaner that always cleans for you and you love her work, in fact she is amazing at it! One day she gets up and asks you is she can leave for three days and you say yes. So now you will have to clean yourself for the next three days. Now you tell yourself "Okay I can do this for 3 days its ...


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chabad.org points out that Tehillim 136:10 uses the phrase לְמַכֵּה מִצְרַיִם בִּבְכוֹרֵיהֶם which means that the Egyptians were punished through (or by means of) their bechorim. An analogy could be if Hashem decrees a punishment by a famine, drought, or plague, people will die unless they are tzadikim enough to merit rescue from the "destroyer". In this ...


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Exodus 6:7 "And I will take you to Me as a people, and I will be a God to you, and you will know that I am the Lord your God, Who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians." (Sforno - Har Sinai) See also Drashas haran which says the ten plagues were a prelude to sinai so there would be no doubt that the giver of the torah was God almighty


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In many Mitzvos we are told to do it since Hashem took us out of Mitzraim. This is not a direct train for this particular Mitzva but it is a region why we must adhere to Hashem. We are His slaves now. However, being that this comes in the place of the earlier 'In six days...' this suggests that it is in some way a reasoning for the Mitzva. Shabbos is our ...


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The Maharal (Gevuros Hashem 19) writes that they were specifically left alive to be counter-weights to Moshe and Aharon. The Jewish people were granted such great leaders as Moshe and Aharon, זה לעומת זה Hashem left Dasan and Aviram to oppose and challenge them and, so to speak, keep the balance.


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Far from a complete answer but perhaps "heavy" is not the best translation contextually of כבד which suggests instead more Pharaoh's incredible hubris (כבוד). That root seems to only appear in the initial stages of the confrontations, when direct divine intervention was not yet as necessary in order to incite his arrogant stubbornness.


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A possible way to understand the different usage is to look to the Targum Onkelos. In the examples you cite, Shemot 14:17 and Shemot 14:25: וַאֲנִ֗י הִנְנִ֤י מְחַזֵּק֙ אֶת־לֵ֣ב מִצְרַ֔יִם וְיָבֹ֖אוּ אַחֲרֵיהֶ֑ם וְאִכָּבְדָ֤ה בְּפַרְעֹה֙ וּבְכָל־חֵיל֔וֹ בְּרִכְבּ֖וֹ וּבְפָרָשָֽׁיו׃ וַיָּ֗סַר אֵ֚ת אֹפַ֣ן מַרְכְּבֹתָ֔יו וַֽיְנַהֲגֵ֖הוּ בִּכְבֵדֻ֑ת ...


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What can we learn from the Jews being commanded to put blood on the doorposts of their homes in Egypt? There is life in the blood. Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. This blood allowed ...



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