I would not think Dever was the hardest compared to any of the others. Aside I think chosehch some say was the hardest. But what does it mean Dever was very hard

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    Hi Ed. Where does it say that?
    – Double AA
    Jan 20, 2023 at 17:47
  • It only says: "a very grievous plague." in Exodus 9:3. Where did you read/heard this?
    – Shmuel
    Jan 22, 2023 at 12:35
  • Or "a very heavy case of the plague", vs. a milder case ...
    – Shalom
    Jun 22, 2023 at 1:14
  • In the hagaddah. It says dever was very hard. Dec 28, 2023 at 1:35
  • The question – I believe – refers to 9:14 (כל מגפותי אל לבך). Note that it doesn't say this regarding "dever". It says regarding "barad", but it indeed mentions "dever". From this I would assume that this was a threat, a pestilence against human (not animals!) that never came to realization. As indicated also by the very next pasuk (9:16).
    – Binyomin
    Jan 12 at 8:57

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Although I haven't seen it in a while, I believe Rav Chaim Kanievsky's Derech Sicha quotes a Midrash explaining that the plague of dever accompanied every other plague, making it an especially difficult one to handle. (See here where the author quotes the Orchas Chaim who suggests the same idea.)

  • Netziv says this as well in his Imrei Shefer ... there were "aftershocks" of disease after every plague.
    – Shalom
    Jun 22, 2023 at 2:40

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