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1)

Seeing as the object of the plague was to strike the Egyptians' god, what is the significance of the fact that the fish died?

1.

Seforno: To demonstrate that the water did not just resemble blood, but that it actually turned into blood. 1

2.

In order to denigrate their god still further by making the water putrid. 2


1

Something that the Egyptians were incapable of doing. Refer to 7:12:1:2*, refer to 7:23:1:3*.

2

And to render the water totally undrinkable (as the Pasuk goes on to say).

2)

What does "Venil'u ... " mean?

1.

Rashi: It means that the Egyptians will try to find a remedy to cure the water.

2.

Seforno: They will attempt to find water by digging around the Nile.

3.

Rashbam: Refer to Bereishis 19:11:1:1.

4.

Targum Yonasan: Refer to Bereishis, 19:11:1:2.

3)

What is "Mimenu" coming to preclude?

1.

Torah Temimah (citing Zevachim, 29a): It comes to preclude a Machshavah of Chutz li'Mekomo from Kares. 1


1

The Korban is nevertheless Pasul.

4)

Rashi writes that improper intent makes Pigul. Gitin 54b says "he heard him make Pigul.' This implies that it is through speech!

1.

Moshav Zekenim: 'Machshavah' refers to speech, like 'ha'Choshev to be Shole'ach Yad' (Bava Metzi'a 43b).

5)

Zevachim 29a learns from Mimenu that there is Kares only for a Korban offered with intent of Chutz li'Zmano, but not Chutz li'Mekomo. Perhaps it is the opposite; Kares is only for Chutz li'Mkomo!

1.

Moshav Zekenim, from Zevachim 29a: We learn from a Gezeirah Shavah "Avon-Avon" from 19:8, which discusses Nosar, which resembles Chutz li'Zmano.

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