Vaera- Balancing Fire and Ice

Why is the seventh plague – hail – the first that is performed by Moshe alone? Why is there a stress on the fact that he raises his hands ‘to heaven?’ What does it mean that Moshe has power over heaven and earth? Why does the hail coexist with fire? Why does Hashem’s mercy join here with the Divine court of justice to produce this plague? Why is it stressed here that the purpose of the plagues was really to cause Pharaoh to repent? Why does Hashem make rules and then suspend the rules?

Find out in this week’s parsha podcast.
Running time: 26:38

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