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The Artscroll Midrash Rabbah series on Shemos Rabbah (10:2) offers an unsourced footnote which addresses this question saying the borders of what belongs to one person and what belongs to another person are often unclear as we believe their good fortune comes at our own expense. However, when they suffer misfortune then the boundaries of life become clear ...


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So I saw a very nice idea here from Rav Matania Yedid of Bar Ilan He asks your exact question and explains that the purpose of mentioning this side point is to demonstrate the overarching Hashgacha (Providence) of Hashem in that the plague was designed to not only punish but also bring peace and therefore show the all-powerful might of G-d. The understanding ...


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I have no source for this idea, it's just a s'vara I had upon reading the midrash: Indeed, I think the intent of the midrash is to point to a welcomed element of plague, as you put it. I think the midrash is hinting towards an idea that's similar to multiple midrashim that say that when X did Y, this brought about Z. For example, the gemara in Shabbat 56b (...


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