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Darkness, Plague of

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A closer look at the plague of darkness on five different levels understanding.
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The plague of darkness was incredibly dense and intense for the Egyptians, while the Israelite nation enjoyed a miraculously bright and lit-up environment. This class will shed light and reveal obscure facets of this remarkable plague, and the layers of p...
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The plague of darkness did not affect the Jewish people, as the Torah says (Exodus 10:23), "For Israel, there was light in all the places they were." Why does Rashi differ from the Midrash as to whether this light was one of the miracles of the plague? (B...
As opposed to the other nine plagues, the Plague of Darkness didn't cause any tangible harm. What then was the inner meaning of this unique plague?
The darkness in Egypt was miraculous and inescapable. The darkness which lurks within is natural—but can be dealt with.
The greatest darkness is when "a man sees not his fellow"
When confronted with darkness, what do you do? fight it? peer more deeply into it? A dual lesson from the Plague of Darkness that afflicted the Egyptians
The Jewish people had light wherever they lived. Does it mean that the darkness did not affect the specific area where they dwelt? Or does it mean, more mysteriously that even in the Egyptian areas, there was light in the darkness?
Do you believe in G-d? That's not enough. Are you just a defender of the faith, or also a defender of the flock?
1313 BCE
The 9th plague to strike the Egyptians for their refusal to release the Children of Israel from slavery -- a thick darkness that blanketed the land so that "no man saw his fellow, and no man could move from his place" (Exodus 10:23) -- commenced on the 1s...
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