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1)

What was the significance of the miracle in connection with water that Moshe was to perform in front of Yisrael?

1.

Rashi: It was a sign that when Hashem would punish the Egyptians, He would begin by striking their god. 1

2.

Seforno: Because to create a mixture from a single ingredient is totally inconceivable.

3.

Da'as Zekenim: It was a hint that Hashem will spill the blood of Mitzriyim in [Makas] Bechoros and at the sea.


1

Rashi Yashan: The River Nile which they worshipped, because it was responsible for their sustenance. Whenever Hakadosh Baruch Hu punishes a nation, He always strikes their god first.

2)

Why did Hashem repeat the word "Vehayu"?

1.

Rashi: To teach us that the water only turned into blood 1 after 2 it reached the ground. 3

2.

Ramban and Rashbam: It is the way of the Torah to repeat words in this way, 4 either for emphasis or because of the long break between the two locations.


1

Otherwise we would have thought that it turned into blood whilst still in Moshe's hands (Rashi).

2

See Ramban's objection to this explanation.

3

Moshav Zekenim: Do not say that the Torah could have written only 'you will pour it to the ground, and it will become blood.' If so, I would think that all the river will turn to blood!

4

See for example Vayikra, 27:3 & Devarim, 18:6 [Ramban]) and Tehilim (33:3 & 94:3 [Rashbam]).

3)

Why were Yisrael more likely to believe the third sign than the first two?

1.

Moshav Zekenim (verse 8): The first two signs, [the staff and hand] reverted back immediately. The blood did not return to water immediately.

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