Why did Hashem instruct Aharon to strike the water for the first two Makos?


Rashi: Because the water protected Moshe when his mother placed his casket in the river (See Shemos 2:4). Consequently, for him to strike it would have demonstrated a lack of gratitude.


Moshav Zekenim (8:2): Aharon was Moshe's Shali'ach, so he performed Makos from the land. Moshe himself performed what came from above.

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