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1)

How is it possible for Moshe to throw his and Aharon's double hands-full of soot (up into the sky (See Sifsei Chachamim) with force?

1.

Rashi: A double miracle took place here: a. That Moshe gathered the two double hands-full in one hand, 1 b. That the soot 2 scattered and settled over the whole of Egypt. 3


1

Rashi: Since one cannot throw something forcefully with two hands.

2

According to Targum Yonasan, "Pi'ach" is fine-ash.

3

The Oznayim la'Torah adds that, although soot was generally used a cure

2)

Why was it necessary for Moshe to throw the soot before the eyes of Par'oh?

1.

Seforno: To make it clear to him that the plague was from Hashem, and not a natural phenomenon, as a plague of boils generally is.

3)

Why, by the plague of Sh'chin, was Moshe told to throw soot from a furnace

1.

Oznayim la'Torah: Because the four fistfulls of soot from the furnace reminded Hashem of the Mesiras Nafesh of the four Tzadikim who sanctified Hashem's Name 1 by being cast into a furnace


1

Even though the latter three would not do so for close to another thousand years.

2

Oznayim la'Torah: And this is also why the the soot reached the Kisei ha'Kavod as stated in the Midrash.

4)

Why did Hashem instruct Moshe to throw the soot "in front of Par'oh", which he did not do by Kinim and Choshech?

1.

Seforno: So that Par'oh should know that it was sent by Hashem and was not a natural plague caused by the elements

5)

Why does the Torah say "K'chu Lachem" only regarding boils?

1.

Moshav Zekenim: The other Makos were in the world, just they needed to be brought to Egypt. Boils did not come from elsewhere. One who was decreed to have boils, Hashem would not take them away to bring them to Egypt.

2.

Because it was the only Makah which required using another item to bring on the plague.

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