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Why did Pharaoh only order the murder of boys?

Rashi to Exodus (1:16) quotes a Midrash that the Pharaoh decreed to specifically kill males since his astrologers predicted that a male would save the Jews. This Midrash is pretty old, and is present ...
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Why did Pharaoh only order the murder of boys?

Commentaries available here: Rashi (verse 16) - Pharaoh's stargazers had told him that a boy who would lead the Jews out of Egypt was being born. Chizkuni (verse 16) - men were generally those ...
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Moshe and filicide

R. Avraham Ibn Ezra seems to say that she put him in the river not because that would save him but so that she shouldn't have to witness his death: ויוכבד עשתה זאת כי אמרה אל אראה במות הילד R. ...
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What kind of tree or bush was the "burning bush" of Moses?

Most commentaries render this as some sort of thorny bush (see Rashi, Ibn Ezra). In terms of identifying which exact species it may have been, a great resource is Rabbi Kaplan's Living Torah ...
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How did Paro's daughter explain suddenly having a child?

2:10 וַיִּגְדַּ֣ל הַיֶּ֗לֶד וַתְּבִאֵ֙הוּ֙ לְבַת־פַּרְעֹ֔ה וַֽיְהִי־לָ֖הּ לְבֵ֑ן וַתִּקְרָ֤א שְׁמוֹ֙ מֹשֶׁ֔ה וַתֹּ֕אמֶר כִּ֥י מִן־הַמַּ֖יִם מְשִׁיתִֽהוּ׃ 2:11 וַיְהִ֣י׀ בַּיָּמִ֣ים הָהֵ֗ם ...
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How long did Miriam wait by the river before Basya retrieved Moshe?

Exodus 20:5-6 "You shall neither prostrate yourself before them nor worship them, for I, the Lord, your God, am a zealous God, Who visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons, upon the third and ...
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Is the Cushite woman Zipporah?

Mefarshim from here. The Mefarshim that say Zipporah was the Cushite do not necessarily get this from the simple reading of the verse. See Rabbeinu Bachya/Bechaye who bases this off of a Gematriya (...
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Why did Moshe have the voice of a grown up boy?

This may very well be one of Ramban's objections to Rashi's explanation: ועוד מה טעם שיזכיר הכתוב עובי קולו And furthermore, what reason is there that Scripture should mention the thickness of his ...
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How short was Pharaoh?

The Gemara in Moed Katan 18a says the Pharoh that was in the times of Moshe was 1 Amah.
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Egyptian man rescued us from the hand[s] of the shepherds. Who rescued Yisro's daughters?

Maadanei Shemuel points to Midrash Shemos Rabbah 1:32: אמרו בנות יתרו למשה: יישר כחך, שהצלתנו מיד הרועים! אמר להם משה: אותו מצרי, שהרגתי, הוא הציל אתכם! ולכך אמרו לאביהן: איש מצרי, כלומר מי ...
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Are Ra'meses and Ra'amses the same place

Ibn Ezra in his long commentary to Shemot 1:11 and 12:37 claims they are different places and that the Jews lived in Ra'meses and not in Ra'amses which they built. (According to this it would be a ...
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For how long was Aharon Moshe's spokesman?

The Ibn Ezra on Sh'mot 4:30 writes, כי הוא המליץ על כן משה לא דבר עם ישראל לעולם רק על ידי אהרן. ובמותו היה כמו כן מליץ תחתיו אליעזר בנו That Aharon was the spokesman, and Moshe never, ever, spoke ...
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Is the Cushite woman Zipporah?

The unnamed Cushite wife of Moshe mentioned in the Torah was Queen Adoniyah of Cush. She was the first wife of Moshe before Tzipporah. As mentioned in the Torah in parshat Shemot 2:14-15, after Moshe ...
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Why did Moshe keep his name if it was given by an Egyptian?

The Midrash Rabba in place says: "אָמַר לוֹ הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא לְמשֶׁה חַיֶּיךָ מִכָּל שֵׁמוֹת שֶׁנִּקְרְאוּ לְךָ אֵינִי קוֹרֵא אוֹתְךָ אֶלָּא בַּשֵּׁם שֶׁקְּרָאַתְךָ בִּתְיָה בַת פַּרְעֹה (...
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Why didn't Par'oh have Moshe killed from the outset?

According to the medrash, after Moshe was put into the water, the astrologers (who had warned him before) came and told him that the baby he was worried about had been cast into the Nile. Thus, he did ...
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Were Moshe's sons Jewish?

I'm inferring yes. We see that God was angry that Moshe had not circumcised Gershom, and Tzipporah had to do it. While we know that technically, Gentiles have circumcised their children, there is no ...
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Pharaoh or King of Egypt?

excerpted from here The Zohar (Shemot 17a; 19b) explains that in most of the opening story of the Book of Exodus, the Bible mentions Melech Mitzrayim. This refers to the angelic minister who ...
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Egyptian man rescued us from the hand[s] of the shepherds. Who rescued Yisro's daughters?

Maasiyos Hazohar brings such a Peshat
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First Pesukim of Shemos

Rashi ad loc. says it lists the children of Jacob who went to Egypt again because God lists them repeatedly out of His love for them. Ramban ad loc. says it mentions the descendants of Jacob who went ...
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No mention of Aharon

Why does the Torah in שמות ב:ד state "his sister [Miriam] stationed herself at a distance" but omit "his brother" (Aharon)? I propose: Since Aaron didn't actually "do anything" to try and save Moshe,...
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Egyptian enslavement of the Jews - Antisemitism?

Rav Hirsch explains that the new king carefully and gradually stirred up anti-Semitism in order to drive down the Israelites because they were a single group or caste within the society. All the other ...
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Why is the Pasuk for Vayareiu Osanu Hamitzrim a Pasuk where nothing happens?

Rabbi Yochanan Zweig asks this very question. He gives a beautiful and simple answer: the worst thing you can do for a person is to label them as a problem. Once they have a negative label placed on ...
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Why is the Pasuk for Vayareiu Osanu Hamitzrim a Pasuk where nothing happens?

According to Perush Kadmon (printed in Mossaf HaRav Kook's Torat Hayyim Haggada), וירעו means calculated evil. Therefore the citation about deliberation and planning is appropriate. This is quoted by ...
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Ibn Ezra: Moshe = Monius?

Immediately after stating that that was Moshe's name he tells us where he got it from: ככה כתוב בספר עבודת האדמה הנעתק מלשון מצרים אל לשון קדרים גם ככה בספרי חכמי יוון That is, he got it from ...
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Moshe's children

Several of the commentators address the absence of Moshe's children from an enigmatic snippet where they would appear to belong (B'midbar 3): וְאֵלֶּה תּוֹלְדֹת אַהֲרֹן וּמֹשֶׁה בְּיוֹם דִּבֶּר ה' ...
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Ehyeh as the name of Hashem

Or HaChaim on Shemot 3:14 makes this point: ושם זה כבר רמזו אל עליון בנועם דבריו באמור לו כי אהיה עמך The Supernal G-d had already hinted at this Name with His pleasant words when He said to ...
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How did Moshe know the name of Hashem to kill the Egyptian?

As it says in Malbim Shemot, Moshe was still nursed until the age of 2 by Yocheved, among his people. According to Dvarim Rabbah 11:9, he got prophecy from the age of 3 months, and learned the whole ...
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If שכינה is לשון נקבה then why ותראהו?

The gra on the pasuk writes "she saw 'hu'," the lashon of heh and vav is a shem Hashem (gemara shabbos), with him. Hence the masculine language.
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Why only 6 nations (where was the 7th)

The Girgashi are missing from the list in Shemos 3:8, like you mentioned. Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehudah Berlin in Haamek Davar poses the same question. Here's what he said: והחוי והיבוסי. ולא אמר הגרגשי ...
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