The Egyptian people surely knew that the Jewish people were immune to the plagues and many must have suspected that all these catastrophes were happening to them on our account (either through Moshe's warnings leaking to the general population or by realizing that the Jews were the only segment of their population completely unaffected & doing the math).

Now after several supernatural events are plaguing & torturing them why didn't these superstitious people do what goyim have traditionally done throughout the ages, blame the Jews & either exile us or try to kill us? Or march to the palace & try to overthrow Pharaoh? Why were they so passive?


The dimensions in which the g-dly plagues hit the Egyptians left them without any power nor desire for any immediate 'revenge'. One might argue revenge against whom, though? G-d? These supernatural wonders that occured during that time were way out of league from the things that goyim later on acused Jewish people for during our galut in europe. Egypt was powerless in the face of the Ten Plagues.

However, as already mentioned, once the Plagues subsided (the tenth and final one, the death of the Egyptian's firstborn), it didn't take too long when Pharaoh and an army of his set their way to 'annihilate the Jews' in gentile, Japhreth fashion. But it didn't work that time, didn't it. :p

What I'd like to emphasize is that Jews did in fact die during those times. Not through Egyptian's hand, though.

'Then followed the ninth plague. For several days all of Egypt was enveloped in a thick and impenetrable veil of darkness which extinguished all lights kindled. The Egyptians were gripped with fear, and remained glued to their places wherever they stood or sat. Only in Goshen, where the children of Israel dwelt, there was light. But not all of the Jews were saved from this plague. There were a few who wanted to be regarded as Egyptians rather than as members of the Hebrew race, and who tried, therefore, to imitate the Egyptians in everything, or, as we call it, to assimilate themselves. They did not want to leave Egypt. These people died during the days of darkness.'

Source: https://www.chabad.org/holidays/passover/pesach_cdo/aid/1653/jewish/The-Ten-Plagues.htm

Plague 9. If you like this answer, I will search for the exact Torah verse (on mobile so it's a bit clumsy). If not, I will delete it (as it's a personal answer and that isn't something miyodeya likes - sources are the way to go)


Interestingly, there is a tradition that in addition to the suffering of the Egyptians, 15m Jews were killed during the plagues, probably because they did not fully observe Judaism or at least what was attainable at that time. People also felt that the Pharaoh was a god and perhaps felt timid to rebel. After the death of Pharaoh's firstborn, he released the Jews from bondage (actually G-d's doing). Then, as if in normal goyim fashion, they tried to kill or recapture the recently emancipated slaves at the Sea of Reeds.

  • Where do you find such a tradition? I’ve never heard of this before.
    – DonielF
    Oct 17 '19 at 22:14
  • 15 million Jews were killed? What tradition are you talking about?
    – Ilja
    Oct 17 '19 at 22:31
  • The source can be found in Rashi Shemos 12,13.
    – Turk Hill
    Oct 17 '19 at 22:50
  • @TurkHill Not to be found...
    – Moshe
    Oct 18 '19 at 1:27
  • @Moshe Did you double-check?
    – Turk Hill
    Oct 18 '19 at 1:31

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