hebrew
1)

Why did Moshe see fit to raise his hands heavenwards specifically by Makas Barad?

1.

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

2.

Oznayim la'Torah: It is a hint that Moshe stopped the hail from falling in mid-air. 1


1

Refer to 9:33:1.1:3.

2)

What does the Torah mean when it writes "u'Matar Lo nitach Artzah"?

1.

Rashi #1, Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: It means that the rain 1 did not reach the ground. 2

2.

Rashi #2 (citing Menachem ben S'ruk) and Rashbam: It did not pour on to the ground.

3.

Rashi #3 (in Yechezkel,13:11): When the Pasuk there speaks abou "Avnei Elgavish, it is referring to the hailstones that Moshe stopped in midair


1

According to the Ta'amim, Targumim and Rashi, the Pasuk means that the hail stopped, and the rain did not reach the ground.

2

It stopped in mid-air. Rabeinu Bachye (citing Midrash Tanchuma) relates that they would later fall on the Cana'anim in the time of Yehoshua (as recorded in Yehoshua 10:11), whereas, according to the Gemara in Berachos (54b, it was Yechezkel who ordered them to fall [See Rashi Yechezkel, 13:11]). Hadar Zekenim - it will fall in the days of Gog and Magog.

3

Refer to 9:13:1:5:1 4

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