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Who hardened Pharaoh's heart, man or G-d? Exodus 10:1 informs us that G-d assured Moses that He will harden Pharaoh’s heart. Many commentators think this is unfair as it deprives Pharaoh's use of his “free will”? We can additionally ask if Pharaoh is wicked, why should the Egyptian people suffer (ten plagues)? Commentators differ. Some think it was ...


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The point was that Hashem sent the plagues so that Pharoah would see that Hashem wanted to indicate to him that he was supposed to send them out. The Egyptians could have rebelled and appointed a new king in order to send them out. Once Pharoah saw that the oppression of the Hebrews led to punishment he could have decided to do the right thing. There are ...


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