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Parshas Bo

Posted by chanie

  • "And he turned his back and left Pharaoh." (Exodus, 10:6)
Why, before the plague of locusts, does the Torah tell us that Moshe left immediately after giving Pharaoh the warning? The midrash says that Moshe always thought Pharaoh was simply stubborn, and therefore spent a lot of time pleading with him. When Hashem sent him to Pharaoh for the plague of locusts, Hashem told Moshe that He had hardened Pharaoh's heart. Moshe then realized that it was Hashem Who had hardened Pharaoh's heart with the previous plagues, as well. Therefore, he realized there was no purpose in pleading with Pharaoh to let the people go, and did not waste time doing so, but rather, left right away after warning him.

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