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What are the connotations of "To'avas Mitzrayim"?

1.

Rashi #1, Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: It is a derogatory way of saying 'the Egyptian god' 1 (with reference to the lambs 2 ).

2.

Rashi #2: The Pasuk is saying that to slaughter (a lamb) to Hashem before the eyes of detestable to them.

3.

Rashbam: It means that they abhorred sheep (as well as the shepherds who looked after them. 3 '

4.

Hadar Zekenim: Their idols were in the form of animals, therefore they did not eat small animals.


1

See also Melachim 2, 23:13.

2

Hadar Zekenim: This is difficult, for it says "uv'Chol Elohei Mitzrayim E'eseh Shefatim", and only the animals in the fields died!

3

Refer to 46:34:2:1*.

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