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1)

Why did Moshe have to leave the town to pray?

1.

Rashi and Ramban #2: Because the town was full of idols. 1

2.

Riva: This Makah was in the field. Moshe wanted to see the damage to the trees, and then he would put to his heart to pray [that it cease].


1

Also refer to 12:1:3:2*

2)

Why did Moshe not leave the city the previous times that he prayed?

1.

Ramban: Because, as opposed to the previous occasions, when Pharaoh asked for the plague to be removed only the next day, Moshe did not need to inform Pharaoh where he would pray, this time he asked for the hail to cease immediately, and Moshe was obligated to tell him that he would pray as soon as he left the precincts of the town. 1

2.

Sifsei Chachamim: Because their idols (alias the sheep, which they worshipped) were generally kept in the fields, and it was only now, when the G-d-fearing among them gathered the sheep into their houses, that Moshe needed to leave the town. 2

3.

Riva: Refer to 9:29:1:2.


1

Refer to 8:5:2:2.

2

Also Da'as Zekenim says so, but concludes 'we must say that all his Tefilos were outside the town; we learn from here.' (Perhaps there was always idolatry in the town; the Torah wrote this now, when it was full of idolatry, so we will know the reason. - PF)

3)

What is the significance of Hashem's words "Lema'an Teida Ki la'Hashem ha'Aretz!"?

1.

Ramban: Refer to 8:18:1:1**.

2.

Seforno: He said this with reference to the fact that, thunder and hail would (unnaturally) cease simultaneously - from one moment to the next. 1


1

To stress that the cessation of the plague was not because Hashem thought that Pharaoh had done Teshuvah (as the next Pasuk clarifies [Seforno]).

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