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Question about Shemot, locusts

Rabbi Yosef Deutsch in Let My Nation Go, page 259, writes: The wind carried every single locust east to the sea so that not one locust remained in Egypt. The locusts would await the Egyptians by ...
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How did Yisro figure out that Hashem is the greatest?

I like Chizkuni's analysis: כי בדבר אשר זדו עליהם; Yitro explains what had prompted him to say that he now realises that the G-d of the Israelites is greater than any other deity. The reason is that ...
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Sources for the Israelites crossing the Red Sea in a semi circle

The answer is brought by Tosafos on Masechta Arachin 15a: כשם שאנו עולין מצד זה (אמרו) כך מצרים עולין מצד אחר - יש לתמוה איך היו ישראל באותו הדור כ"כ מקטני אמנה שסברו שכך יעשה הקב"ה נסים ...
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Why did the ploy to get Mitzraim to come to the sea require Ba'al Tzefon's existence and Bnei Yisrael's wandering aimlessly?

In חכמה ומוסר (p. שטו, s.v. ועפי"ז), R' Simcha Zissel discusses a very similar question to this point. The basic thrust of his discussion is that it made no sense for פרעה to chase after בנ"י after ...
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Sources for the location of the Red Sea

This book sounds like it might be what you're looking for: Searching for Sinai by R. Alexander Hool. To quote from the Amazon blurb: In this unique and ground-breaking book, readers will: ...
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What was the issue with the Jews \ Moshe praying to God?

The Mechilta says that at that time the Israelites split into four factions: -One faction said: “Let us cast ourselves into the sea.” -Another said: “Let us return to Egypt.” -A third said: “Let us ...
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The Yetziat Mitrazyim Path

Desert Encamptments by Rabbi Alex Hool and Search for Sinai by Rabbi Alexander Hool. He mostly focuses on his shita (based on the Rishonim, midrashim, and psukim) but also discusses the other opinions ...
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Why did all the waters in the world split during kriyat yam suf?

Similar to what @Shlomo wrote in the comments, Etz Yosef on Shemot Rabbah 21:6 wrote: "מלמד שכל המים שהיו כו'. וזהו הירדן יסוב לאחור שכל המים נתבקעו אז. והיה זה כדי לפרסם הנס ושלא יחשוב שהיה זה ...
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Why did all the waters in the world split during kriyat yam suf?

As explained in my comment, the sefer אורי וישעי explains this as follows: נבקעו כל מים שבעולם כי בקרי"ס נעשה נס בעצם יסוד המים שהם החומר הגדול However, I find the explanation found in Gevurot ...
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How does one calculate from pesach to the keriat yam suf?

I understood it like this: (Dates are listed night before day, so the night of Sunday would be The night before Sunday) The Jews left Egypt the night of the fifteenth of Nissan. (Day one of Pesach): (...
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