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Who hardened Pharaoh's heart, man or G-d? Exodus 10:1 informs us that G-d assured Moses that He will harden Pharaoh’s heart. Many commentators think this is unfair as it deprives Pharaoh's use of his “free will”? We can additionally ask if Pharaoh is wicked, why should the Egyptian people suffer (ten plagues)? Commentators differ. Some think it was ...


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Each time his heart was hardened was a different situation. Each plague needed to have his heart strengthened individually. It is not that the torah says it twenty times for one case. Thus the torah needs to repat the phrase each time he must do it or when Hashem does it for him. There are several different points that are made in the various answers. ...


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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 king in order to send them out. Once Pharoah saw that the oppression of the Hebrews led to punishment he could have decided to do the right thing. There are ...


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Midrashim do not tell true events In his work called Chelek, Maimonides writes that those who take Midrashim literary are "fools," while those who reject them out of hand are also "fools." Midrashim are imaginative parables, sermons designed to teach moral lessons. People should mine Midrashim for lessons about proper behavior. Rashi quotes a Midrash for ...


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The medrash relates as follows (after Joseph interprets the dreams and foretells the birth and death of Pharaoh's sons as confirmation): And the king said ‎unto all his officers: I have thought that forasmuch as the Lord hath made known unto this ‎Hebrew all these things there is none so discreet and wise as he is through all the land. And if it ‎seems ...


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