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1)

What exactly, is the "Yad ha'Gedolah"?

1.

Rashi: It is synonymous with the great might with which Hashem dealt with the Egyptians.

2.

Ramban #1 (citing Targum Onkelos): It refers to the Might of Hashem's Right Hand (the Midas ha'Din 1 ), with which He struck the Egyptians.

3.

Ramban #2 (citing the Ibn Ezra): Yad ha'Gedolah is another way of saying the great plague (stroke). 2

4.

Ramban #3 (according to Kabalah): It is written with reference to Hashem's Midas ha'Din. 3

5.

Targum Yonasan: It refers to the Mighty Hand of Hashem with which He performed miracles in Egypt.


1

Whilst it was with the Midas Chesed of the same Hand that He saved Yisrael (See Rav Chavel's notes).

2

Similar to the Pasuk in Va'eira (9:3) "Hinei Yad Hashem Hoyah be'Mikn'cha" (Ramban).

3

It is synonymous with "Isho ha'Gedolah" (See Devarim, 4:36), and with the "Right Hand which destroys the enemy" (later 15:6 [Ramban]).

2)

What are the ramifications of the fact that they believed in Hashem?

1.

Rashbam: They now knew that they would not die of starvation in the desert.

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