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In Rav Emden's pirush of perek shirah, זמרת הארץ, he references a sefer or pirush called עץ אבות.

Where can I find the sefer as well as the specific point of reference within this sefer? It's concerning צפרדע being a compound word of צפר דע on the first line of the attached picture. enter image description here

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  • @TheGRAPKE I saw that but wasn't sure if that's the right sefer. Also, would you know where this concept is mentioned?
    – Shababnik
    Mar 1 at 13:54
  • Wait what’s a צפר Mar 3 at 2:49
  • It appears to be an edition of Pirkei Avot published by Rabbi Emden with 3 specific commentaries, the Bartenura, Lechem Shamayim and Lechem Nikuddim. Here is a link: hebrewbooks.org/… Mar 3 at 13:08
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    @CuriousYid Although it could be read as “bird”, it most likely is referencing the soft light of morning, like in the expression צפרא דשבתא. That דע alludes to the softening of harsh judgement because 74, gematria of דע, also refers to the sweetened judgment in the name אכדטם, which also has a gematria of 74. So the plague of צפרדע is a compound word actually meaning צפרא דאכדטם, a softer judgement. That the plagues started lighter and became increasingly more severe. Mar 3 at 13:48

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