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Factual existence of Moshe Rabeinu

The below information is taken from: https://www.mayimachronim.com/ - the article is called "Archaeology Discovers Moses." "One of the most common questions that people ask about the ...
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Why were Beni Israel, with their numerous number, in panic from the army of the Pharaoh during the Exodus?

While he does not point out the superior numbers of Israel, the Bekhor Shor does say as follows “They were very scared.” because they had been subjected by the Egyptians for such a long time, they ...
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Did Pharaoh do teshuvah?

Yes. Pirkei D'Rebbi Eliezer 43: ר' נחוניא בן הקנה אומר, תדע לך כח התשובה בא וראה מפרעה מלך מצרים שמרד בצור עליון Rabbi Nehunia ben HaKana says: Know the power of teshuva! Come and see it from Pharaoh,...
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Pharaoh ruled Nineveh for 500 years?

In Otzar Hamidrashim there's a midrash called Divrei Hayamim Lemoshe which says: "...ויוליכוהו לנינוה העיר הגדולה, וימלוך פרעה על נינוה ד׳ מאות שנה." Translation: "...And they led him ...
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What’s the source for this midrash about Pharaoh?

Midrash Tanchuma Vaera 5: When they finally stood before Pharaoh, he said: “What do you desire?” Moses replied: The God of the Hebrews has sent me to you to say: Let My people go that they may serve ...
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What knowledge did the people of Pharaoh use to predict birth of the one that shall bring down the Pharaoh's rule?

See the famous Rashi which brings the Shemos Rabbah in Shemos 1:16: אם בן הוא וגו'. לֹא הָיָה מַקְפִּיד אֶלָּא עַל הַזְּכָרִים, שֶׁאָמְרוּ לוֹ אִצְטַגְנִינָיו שֶׁעָתִיד לְהִוָּלֵד בֵּן הַמּוֹשִׁיעַ ...
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How is the hardening of pharaoh’s heart reconciled with the fact you can always repent

This was discussed in this question, and my answer there. Rashi on Shemos 7:3 writes: וְגָלוּי לְפָנַי שֶׁאֵין נַחַת רוּחַ בָּאֻמּוֹת לָתֵת לֵב שָׁלֵם לָשׁוּב - and it is manifest to Me that the ...
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Does וְאִכָּבְדָ֤ה בְּפַרְעֹה֙ in 14:4 שמות also suggest weightier authority over Pharaoh?

Refer to Rashi: ואכבדה בפרעה. כְּשֶׁהַקָּבָּ"ה מִתְנַקֵּם בָּרְשָׁעִים שְׁמוֹ מִתְגַּדֵּל וּמִתְכַּבֵּד, וְכֵן הוּא אוֹמֵר "וְנִשְׁפַּטְתִּי אִתּוֹ וְגוֹ'" וְאַחַר כָּךְ "...
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Why wait longer? Why did the Jewish people need to stay in Mitzrayim until after the plagues?

The intention of seeing the 10 plagues to completion and hardening Paro's heart was in order to convince the Egyptians that Hashem is the true and only God (sources below). It's hard to fathom how ...
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Why did Pharaoh need God?

The Egyptian magicians were just illusionists. Many commentaries explain their limitations. For example, Sforno on Shemot 8:3 says they couldn't make ones that could reproduce. Midrash Lekach Tov on ...
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What inspired Pharaoh's daughter to convert?

Because she was a truth seeker who was no longer interested in idol worship. The Gemorah in Sotah 12B says: ותרד בת פרעה לרחוץ על היאור א"ר יוחנן משום ר' שמעון בן יוחי מלמד שירדה לרחוץ מגלולי אביה “...
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Why Pharaoh of Exodus, in Ezekiel 29:3?

Meir has brought an answer that has all the information you need to answer the question. Firstly, the Bereshit Rabbah doesn't seem to mention anything about the Exodus? Just want to get that out of ...
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How is the hardening of pharaoh’s heart reconciled with the fact you can always repent

The Rambam, Raavad (Hil. Teshuva 5:5), and Ramban (Shemos 7:3) have lengthy discussions of Pharaoh's free will. These opinions are relatively well known and mentioned by others here, so I would just ...
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How righteous is Bathya - The daughter of Pharaoh?

A few sources that can begin to perhaps answer your question... Firstly, one can argue that she did not necessarily need the child to cry to rescue him. According to the Midrash HaGadol (Bereishis 23:...
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For how long did the Pharaoh kill Israelite new born boys and leave the girls alive?

Sotah 12b says the decree was canceled as soon as Moses was placed in the water: Pharaoh’s astrologers saw that the savior of the Jewish people would be stricken by water. Therefore, they arose and ...
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Did Pharaoh of Moses consider himself to be God and asked people to worship him?

Did Pharaoh of Moses time consider himself to be God and asked people to worship him? Many sources point to the fact that he created an image whereby he made himself look like a god. For example, ...
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Did Pharaoh know Moshe was Jewish?

The book of Jasher states that Balaam iterated to Pharoah when Moses grabbed his crown and put it on his head at age 3, that Moses was Hebrew. He said to Pharaoh "see, I told you Hebrews would ...
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Did Pharaoh know Moshe was Jewish?

According to The simple Passukim, (not medrashim) I don't see why not. He was killing all males in order not to have them multiply, if his daughter wants to keep one male, It wouldn't hurt his ...
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Why were Beni Israel, with their numerous number, in panic from the army of the Pharaoh during the Exodus?

The author you quoted seems to have overlooked the story of David and Absalom. It is very clear from context that a few thousand trained warriors are a better fighting force than an entire nation. To ...
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Why were Beni Israel, with their numerous number, in panic from the army of the Pharaoh during the Exodus?

Adding to what @AvrohomYitzchok wrote, fear amongst the Israelites was probably a key part of Pharaoh's plan - but it wasn't the only part. It's true that chariots were a formidable force (see here, ...
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Question on Shmonah Prakim

While the Pharaoh that was punished was not the same one who initiated the policy, he did continue it. So once the Rambam proves that the original policy was done with free will, it is understood that ...
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Question on Shmonah Prakim

The Rambam is addressing two different questions (1) A general question. If the Torah said a group will do bad like it says the Egyptians will by enslaving the Jews how can it be is said of them that ...
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