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Why the Ten Plagues (blood, frogs, lice, etc.) specifically?

In my research over this Pesach, I have found some reasons why G-d chose the Ten Plagues specifically. Many of the answers come from the same source. The answer is middah k'neged middah (roughly ...
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Why are the 10 plagues in this specific order?

Tanchuma Parshas Bo 4 explains the sequence (from Sefaria.org) by comparing the plagues to a siege upon an enemy City: נטה (את) ידך על השמים (שמות י כא). בטכסיס [מלך] בשר ודם הביא הקדוש ב"ה עליהם ...
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what does the first word of shemot 8:7 mean?

According to the Sforno on 8:7, the pasuk says that they will be removed from the houses but not from the whole country; on the contrary, they will die in the land and cause a stench, but in the ...
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Reuben, Simeon, Levi...But what about the other tribes?

Rav Hirsch says that it starts with Reuven and Shimon to show that Moshe was definitively not of "godly" origin as the mythologies of the goyim will have their heroes. However he and Aharon were in ...
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Why the Ten Plagues (blood, frogs, lice, etc.) specifically?

In addition to the considerations given by ezra realted to the treatment of the Hebrews by the Egyptians, each Plague was associated with one or more Egyptian deities. The Egyptians worshipped that ...
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Why does Moshe have to apply lots of prayer רבוי תפלה for the removal of the עָרֹב in Shmos 8 (26) and the locusts in Shmos 10 (18)?

Riva on Torah, Shemos 8:26: ויעתר אל ה'. כאן במכת ערוב ובמכת ארבה נאמ' ויעתר שהוא לשון רבוי תפלה כמו שפרש"י בפרשת תולדות מה שאין כן בשאר המכות כגון מכת ברד וצפרדעים שנא' בברד ויפרש כפיו אל ה' ...
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What does the Hebrew name Kohath/קהת mean?

The verse in Bereishis 49:10 which uses a verb that shares the same root is perhaps a good starting point. It writes there: לֹֽא־יָס֥וּר שֵׁ֙בֶט֙ מִֽיהוּדָ֔ה וּמְחֹקֵ֖ק מִבֵּ֣ין רַגְלָ֑יו עַ֚ד כִּֽי־...
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What kind of blood did the Nile turn into?

The Daat zekeinim and Riva (Shmos 7:18) are of the opinion that it just looked like blood, but it tasted like regular water (still the Egyptians didn't drink from it because it stunk from the dead ...
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Reuben, Simeon, Levi...But what about the other tribes?

Rashbam to Shemos 6:14 explains that (according to Mehilta) this posuk provides only the genealogies of those three tribes that Yaacov had censured before he died in order to teach us that those ...
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How long did the plagues last?

Rashi (Shemot 7:25) writes that each plague lasted a week, and there were three weeks of admonition before each plague: וימלא: מנין שבעת ימים, שלא שב היאור לקדמותו, שהיתה המכה משמשת רביע חדש ושלשה ...
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Contradiction between Shemos 9:6 and 9:20-21?

Art Scroll commentaries deal with this question. In Va'eira 9:3 ArtScroll points out that 9:2 uses the phrase that are in the field implying that only the animals in the fields would be in danger. ...
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Phinehas' Birth: When could Eleazar have met one of Jetro's daughters?

First of all The Gemora Bava Bathra 110a says that Pinchas' grandmother who married a man from the Tribe of Yosef was Yisro's daughter, they had a daughter who married Elazar who had a Son Pinchas. ...
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Why did pharaoh not want the frogs to be immediately removed?

Va'eirah 8:5-6 And Moses said to Pharaoh, "Boast [of your superiority] over me. For when shall I entreat for you, for your servants, and for your people, to destroy the frogs from you and from ...
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How could we bring korban pesach in egypt if it was served as a deity?

Intuitively, I expect that your first source is referring to a class of animals that's generally worshipped by a society, while your second source is referring to a particular animal that's been ...
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After makkas kinnim and makkas shchin, did the respective makkos revert to their original state?

Some thoughts: Rashi to Shemos 7:25 says that for Makkas Dam it took 7 days after the plague before it returned to what it had been like before, which sounds like that would be the case in other ...
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Who spoke to Pharaoh?

R. Avraham ben HaRambam mentions in his commentary (7:1) that according to some commentators, such as R. Sa'adya Gaon, Moshe was healed of his impediment at some point; possibly while still in Egypt, ...
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Who said that little Tzfardeaim jumped out of the big one's mouth?

I don't know if you will find an early source (I'm assuming recent Parsha sheets etc. are no good for this). (Here's a recent one). However, two additional notes: There are various Midrashim about ...
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Why did G-d choose to punish Egypt with ten plagues, as opposed to another amount?

Rav Moshe Almushino 16th century explanation of Pirkei Avos 5:5 explains that the 10 Makos are to give punishment for the evil doing (i.e enslavement of the Jews) of sinners who are destroying Hashem'...
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Why were the plagues necessary if God hardened Pharaoh's heart?

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 ...
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Did Aharon have his own stick, like Moshe?

A couple of sources prove that Aharon did have his own staff. The Midrash in Bamidbar Rabbah 18:23 tries to trace the origins of Aharon's staff and notes a machlokes (argument) as to who it came from: ...
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After the first plague, where did Paro's magicians get water to turn to blood?

Rabbeinu Bachya/Bechaye to Shemos 7:22 offers a number of approaches, some of which he rejects: Only the Yeor/Nile turned to blood Only water aboveground turned to blood (see ibn Ezra in answer above)...
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Difference Ga'al and Natzal

Rav Hirsch to the cited verse explains that Whereas הציל denotes rescue from impending danger, גאל denotes redemption from a process of destruction that has already begun.
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Difference Ga'al and Natzal

Sforno provides an explination between the two languages: (Sources provided from Sefaria.org) והצלתי: ביום צאתכם שתצאו מגבולם And I will rescue you: On the day you leave out from their (the Egyptian'...
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How did the Egyptians who didn't fear Hashem have animals?

As I explain in Contradiction between Shemos 9:6 and 9:20-21? they could have purchased animals from those people who still had them, from nonEgyptians, or from outside the borders of Egypt. Thus, ...
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Why did the Mitzryim turn water into blood rather than vice versa?

This can be explained with the interpretation of R. Yosef Bechor Shor. In his commentary to Exodus 7:20 he writes as follows: נראה לי שלא נעשה היאור דם אך אותה שעה ובאותה שעה שנקרש ונעשה דם מתה הדגה ...
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What is the meaning of Yad Moshe in Parshat VaEira

Hizkuni to that verse (9:35) writes that it means "in Moshe's prophecy", and that that is what the term ביד משה always means. Radak also writes in his commentary to Hoshea (12:11). Indeed, the term is ...
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Shemot 7:28 vs 12:34

Rashi had apparent access to early Midrash, which suggested that the מִשְׁאֲרֹתָ֛ם were “leftovers.” The halakhic Midrash that was extant at the time was from the school of R. Ishmael, which is the ...
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Paroh Refuses in Different Words

Rav Hirsch on Va'Eirah 7:3 explains the differences between the three languages of hardness. a) קשה to be hard altogether, not to receive impressions, to let everything pass over one without ...
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Reuben, Simeon, Levi...But what about the other tribes?

Rashi to Shemos 6:14 gives two possibilities: אלה ראשי בית אבתם. מִתּוֹךְ שֶׁהֻזְקַק לְיַחֵס שִׁבְטוֹ שֶׁל לֵוִי עַד מֹשֶׁה וְאַהֲרֹן בִּשְׁבִיל מֹשֶׁה וְאַהֲרֹן, הִתְחִיל לְיַחֲסָם דֶּרֶךְ תּוֹלְדוֹתָם ...
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Why was it necessary for Moshe to show gratitude to things that did not intend to help him?

Hashem created the world in order to benefit man. תכלית הבריאה להיטיב לברואיו - The purpose of everything which was created is to serve man. (Berachos 6b). Only man has Bechira to choose not do do ...
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