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The Zerah Shimshon (Va'eira 13. He also says similar in Bo 4) answers that Bnei Yisrael did Teshuva. In the beginning they were speaking Lashon Hara so they deserved to suffer, However, over time they did Teshuva and stopped speaking Lashon Hara causing them to deserve to finally be saved. (For completeness' sake I will add that he also brings from the Yefeh ...


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Based on your question, it sounds like you want an explanation of the story that will appeal to a more rational audience. Ralbag explains the story as follows: Moshe wanted to follow Hashem's instructions to return to Egypt. He assumed that there was a conflict between leaving right away and circumcising his newborn son, since it would be dangerous to travel ...


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I don't think you will find it as being an exact meaning of the word, it is more an allusion and a symbolic feature that helps make the retelling of the Exodus on seder night more meaningful - i.e. it serves as a זכר, a remembrance. A bit like the Charoses is a remembrance to the טיט - the cement. As far as an early source, the Avudraham writes it explicitly:...


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Chatam Sofer: Pharao did want the Hebrews as useful servants for his construction work, and therefore he wanted strong servant women, so that he can marry of to Egyptians and let them give birth to strong servants. (The name "Shifra" is explained as expert in making a strong baby after delivery, and Pharao wanted this "strengthening" for ...


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The Midrash says that Jethro worshipped all existing idols and concluded only God was real: Jethro said: I have not neglected to worship any idol in this world, but I have found no god like the God of Israel. [Midrash Tanḥuma, Yitro 7] So Jethro wanted a grandson to do as he did: Worship all existing idols and conclude only God was real. This would give ...


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