why yes i did choose the frog plague to present on in class so i could talk about the Giant Frog of The Nile
but also this plague is turning out to be a really great metaphor for the jewish people in egypt and i’ve learned a lot a lot from this small chunk of text
first we have 2 very interesting words used when referring to the frogs: שרץ and עלה. both of these words are used in the first perek - bnei yisrael swarm in their expansion, and one of pharaoh's fears is BY alah-ing 'min haaretz'. v specific imagery that binds them together
rashi brings pharaoh's OG fears up in his commentary: the frogs first swarm in his home, rashi says, because he introduced the Israelite hatred to his nation. rashi introduces a middah k'neged middah aspect to this plague.
shimshon raphael hirsch continues this MK'NM theme. the frogs infest the areas of life that were diminished through slavery for the Israelites - the home, the bedroom and sleeping, food (lechem oni!). the egyptians should be reminded what they've done and continue to do to BY.
and ah, the giant frog, who is she? if we follow the Israelite metaphor and the MK'NM: hatred against a people turns them into a monolith. you stop seeing individual people and only see one giant nefarious threat. pharaoh turned Bnei Yisrael into that through his propaganda.
and such, pharaoh isn't haunted by a bunch of little frogs, but rather it's a monolith frog that plagues Egypt (one that, according to midrash, is made up of lots of other frogs).

isn't torah wonderful
ALSO shimshon raphael hirsch is so funny bc he goes 'tzfardeah were NOT crocodiles bc they would've killed literally all of the egyptians' and it's like u know what dude ur absolutely right

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