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The 10 Plagues, 1-5
The 10 Plagues, 6-10
Destruction of Pharaoh
Tefillin and Love
May 2, 2009
January 26, 2014 6:45 PM
Reason for the plagues
I really enjoyed this series of videos on Exodus. In the area of speculating as to why Hashem used Ten Plagues, I wonder if it was in part so that Hashem could show a measure of mercy and forbearance towards Pharaoh and his subjects. From what I recall Hashem established a covenant with Abram. Weren't there blessings and curses associated with this covenant? There is a precedent for the Exodus plagues when Abram had Sarai taken from him by Pharaoh. This Pharaoh let Abram and Sarai go free. When the Pharaoh of Exodus ordered his subjects to drown the male Hebrew babies this act of genocide endangered the bloodline of the Israelite people. Wouldn't this act trigger the covenant curses? The very first plague was of the Nile being turned to blood. It was as if the Nile, which was and is a river of life, was vomiting out the blood of the drowned male Hebrew babies in testimony against Pharaoh and his subjects, for they had blood on their hands.*The plagues build up, one on top of the other. Didn't this give Pharaoh multiple opportunities to see the error of his ways, and leave the door open for possible atonement? It was the continuing hardness of Pharaoh’s heart that made it necessary to enact the final plague of the death of the first-born.* When the Israelite people came to the Red Sea, they were able to pass safely through the waters. The fate of Pharaoh’s army was the same as that of the of the dead male Hebrew babies, they were drowned. The Red Sea was made red with the blood of the drowned army of Pharaoh. To me Egypt received covenant blessings through Joesph, and received covenant curses through the Pharaoh of Exodus.
October 18, 2010 1:07 AM
Thank you, Rabbi Fohrman for bringing out the deeper and clearer meaning behind the 10 plagues. I can see God's intense love for mankind. May God bless you and thank you for the incredible effort you put forth in teaching others God's truth and love.
May 20, 2009 10:51 PM
To Daniela #5
Unfortunately, you are the one who erroneously believe that "There is no blood sacrifice in Judaism." If that is true, then let's get rid of most of the Torah, and ignore all Moses instructions as to how we atone for our transgressions as individuals and as a nation. The reason there is no blood sacrifice is because it was eliminated 2000 years ago when the Romans destroyed the temple and dispersed our race all over the world. In light of this, you are right, but then let's not call it "Judaism" since it is not true Judaism but a counterfeit of true Judaism as it was founded. The passover story was the initiation of the blood sacrifice for Israel to be redeemed out of Egypt and to go possess God's promise to Abraham. The blood sacrifice is what made the difference between the Egyptians and Jews, and that in itself should tell us something about who is "chosen" and who is not. but that's another subject.
May 17, 2009 9:42 PM
You have an erroneous understanding of "sacrifice" in Jewish tradition. There is no "blood sacrifice" in Judaism. Go to your nearest book store, buy an Artscroll edition of the Chumash and learn what the commentators say about the passage in question, the meanings of the offerings in the temple and our Day of Atonement. Blood itself does not atone for anything, at least not in Judaism. Christianity on the other hand is a different story.
May 13, 2009 12:47 PM
To Daniela Comment 3
"WE needed to see that blood for US to know that the fact that we slaughtered and ate their gods would not put us in danger because our G-d was protecting us from the horrors outside."
I honestly don't know what part of a fairy tale that is, but your understanding of the blood is waaay off.
The blood was the price that an animal paid, with its life, to atone for the transgressions of that household, otherwise, why would we have a day of atonement for the whole nation of Israel?
Do you think that a Holy God would just open that door just because it's you or me? Don't think so, since that would negate ALL of Moses instructions as to the sacrificial rituals to atone for the transgressions of the individual as well as the nation.
May 7, 2009 9:10 PM
To Annonymous (comment #2)
If you look at the commentaries, you'll see that the blood was indeed placed on the inside threshold of that door ! G-d didn't need to see blood in order to know who's house to pass over, WE needed to see that blood for US to know that the fact that we slaughtered and ate their gods would not put us in danger because our G-d was protecting us from the horrors outside.
May 6, 2009 11:56 AM
There is more than meets the eye
Just finished listening to the Rabbi's lecture, and as excellent as it was, I have to disagree on the conclusion.
I still hold to the notion that the whole episode of the plagues and the Passover is a pictorial of the redemption of the Jews and the whole of humanity from the condemnation that was executed at the garden of eden.
The door does signify the separation of those outside in the world and those who will enter God's Kingdom on the other side of that door, however, there is a price to be paid BEFORE you enter that door, which is represented by the blood of a sacrifice on that door, otherwise, for the Rabbi's conclusion to be right, the blood would have to be on the inside not outside of that door.
May 4, 2009 2:18 AM
Rabbi David Fohrman`s teaching
Excellent teaching. It would be good to have a directory of various topic´s and information available on Torah teaching. Technically, the picture does not follow the teaching, but that is a small thing. Thank you for making this available.
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