Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

6

The question is dealt with here A brief summary of the article: Why is it difficult to “tear” the Red Sea ? A medrash says that Moshe who saw all the plagues of Egypt, asked Hashem, You have set a border to the sea and You have sworn never to tear it up” The Maharal explains tearing the Red Sea breaks all the rules of natural ...


4

In Shemos 5:3, Moshe introduces his request: נלכה נא דרך שלשת ימים במידבר ונזבחה ליהוה Now let us go on a three day journey in the desert and sacrifice to the Lord our God


4

ב"ה Hope this helps. http://members.bib-arch.org/publication.asp?PubID=BSBA&Volume=29&Issue=5&ArticleID=9 Interesting find in 2003 by Manfried Bietak. This find is actually a real game changer in proving the existence of the Israelites in Egypt. This doesnt seem to be a huge find on the surface, but really this sort of throws a wrench in the ...


3

The laws of tum'ah were not given until the Torah was given on Shavuos (or possibly later, depending on whether all mitzvos were given on Shavuos). Thus, even people who touched a corpse would not have been tamei and were able to bring the Korban Pesach at the correct time. Note that in the verses about the laws of the first Korban Pesach, there is no ...


3

Pesachim 118a quotes Rav Shizvi in the name of R' Elazar ben Azarya "קשין מזונותיו של אדם כקריעת ים סוף" and Brachos 58a says "במתניתא תנא משמיה דר' עקיבא


3

Seder Olam Rabba (written by Rabbi Yose Ben Chalafta in the 2nd century) chapter 3 says that they took 12 months - based on the starting point of your discussion, namely the gathering of the straw, which he writes is normal to do in Iyar (not in the fall). The Mishna in Eduyos 2:10 says the same: משפט המצריים, שנים עשר חודש The judgement of the ...


3

Rabbeinu Bachaye to Shemos 13:2 וכתב רבינו חננאל ז״ל שהוליכם דרך המדבר לסבה אחרת והיא כדי להרבות להם אותות ומופתים כי אילו הוליכם דרך ארץ פלשתים הקרוב ויתן הקב"ה בלבם שיתנו להם רשות לעבור דרך ארצם ושלא יעכבו אותם כלל היה האות קל ועל כן חייבה החכמה להסב אותם דרך המדבר להיות האותות רבים וגדולים כירידת המן ועלית השלו והוצאת מים מן הצור ...


3

The Haggadah does not say that we would still all be slaves today, nor does it say that we would be slaves. It says: “And if the Holy One, Blessed be He, had not taken our forefathers out of Egypt, behold, we (see below) and our children and our children’s children (three generations only) would have been subjugated (but not slaves) to Pharaoh in ...


2

The Da'as Zkeinim (and the Chizkuni) at the beginning of Parshas Noach addresses this issue in a different context - The posuk says תמים by Noach, and the Midrash says (Bereishis Rabba 30:8) that anyone described as such lived to an age the which is the multiple of 7 (full שבוע). Noach's 950 do not add (or divide) up. He answers that he lived this amount ...


2

The Maharal in Gevuros Hashem ch. 52 explains this line in two ways. In his first explanation, he writes that the point is not that Hashem would have / could have only taken us out then, but rather that no one else could have taken us out, whether then or at some later point. This is because the Exodus was the creation of the Jewish nation from potential ...


2

It shows up in תוספתא ברכות ב:א. I cannot find an earlier source.


1

A fascinating answer I once heard: During Krias Yam Suf, the Jews went in and out on the same side. In other words, they walked in an arc. The Medrash also says that each tribe walked through its own "tunnel" - so there were parallel happenings of Krias Yam Suf. As a result, those in the inside of the arc had a much shorter Krias Yam Suf than those in the ...


1

I once heard an interesting explanation of this by Rabbi Uziel Milevsky zt'l regarding marriage. (he didn't explain about the livelihood version of that statement) Basically he says that the most difficult barrier in marriage is selfishness - each spouse focuses on his/her own self. The analogy to selfishness in the physical world is gravity, where each ...


1

This is a matter of how can Bnei Yisrael merit Hashem "intervening" in the "natural" world to do things. Of course, Hashem can do anything He wants, but it is a matter of people seeing the nissim and meriting Hashgacha Pratis. Kriyas Yam Suf is the "breaking" of natural law as a one time event. Thus, people can see the miracle that is being done. As it says, ...


1

I think that if Dr. Ernest Goldschmidt's hypopthesis regarding the דיינו poem is correct - that it was composed during the glory days of the temple, seeing as it's the poem's concluding theme - then it might be the oldest source. A thought of mine on the origins of the phrase: maybe it's based on the Pasuk in Tehillim 136: "לגוזר ים סוף לגזרים", but since ...


1

There are a number of answers ranging from strengthening Pharaoh so that he could withstand the plagues, to the difference in language showing that Pharaoh hardened his own heart at first and G0d only did that later after Pharaoh had reached the level of requiring punishment, ... Check out Hardened Hearts: Some Explanations to see some of them ...


1

I once heard a Shiur where the Rabbi said that originally there were not going to be 10 plagues, Just the threat of death of Egyptian firstborns should Pharaoh not listen. It was only once Pharaoh denied knowledge of G-d that G-d said there would be 10 plagues, so that the whole of Egypt would know who G-d is. In Shemot 4:21-23, G-d says to tell Pharaoh ...


1

I'm not sure if my math or logic is correct, plus this isn't really a complete answer, but here it is: The Rambam, Hilchot Beis Habechirah 1:2 says: The Mishkan moved to Shiloh when the Shmitah calculations started (14 years after they entered the land. The Mishkan was in Shiloh for 369 years. It then moved to Nov, and then on to Givon, where it spent 57 ...


1

Rabbi Shlomo Kluger in his sefer Imrei Shefer here gives a very different explanation of this posuk which includes explaining the last phrase literally - that the Yisrael will leave the land. The full English translation of this piece can be found here, but I will quote a section of it: It seems that all that Pharaoh wanted was to get rid of ...


1

1) Perhaps it means the culturally we would still be enslaved to Pharaoh. We would be entrenched in the Egyptian values, their ethical and philosophical beliefs. We would be assimilated into the Egyptian society never to break away if not for God taking us out and providing us with a new outlook on life. 2) Perhaps it is not telling us a historical ...


1

The Vilna Ga'on notes the cantillation notes of וימררו את חייהם, they embittered their lives (Shemos 1:14) is קדמא ואזלא, which means preceded and went, and the numerical value of קדמא ואזלא is 190 (the difference between 400 and 210), because the Egyptians embittered their lives in such a way that they stuffed 190 years worth more of work into those 210 ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible