Pesach: “Jumping for Joy”

The only exception I take to this article is the fact that it says Israel had no good deeds (merits) by which to be redeemed. The Tanak points out: “I saw you in your bloods and redeemed you.” (Ezekiel 16.6) In the words of the prophet, “I passed over you, and I saw you weltering in your blood (i.e., the blood of circumcision and the blood of the korban pesach), and I said to you: ‘By your blood you shall live!’” (The word blood is repeated here 16.6 “And when I passed by thee, and saw thee wallowing in thy blood, I said unto thee: In thy blood, live; yea, I said unto thee: In thy blood, live;”)
HaShem gave B’nai Yisrael two mitzvoth, Brith Milah and Korban Pesach (the Covenant of Circumcision and the Passover Sacrifice, redeeming Israel from Egyptian idolatry)!

The Hebrew name for the holiday of Passover is Pesach. The Paschal Sacrifice with which the holiday is associated is likewise known as the Korban Pesach (Pesach Sacrifice). What does the word Pesach actually mean? Rashi (to Exodus 12:11; 12:13; and Isaiah 31:5) explains that the word pesach is an expression of dilug and kefitzah.
The above linked article explains these two words.
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For what it’s worth, the first and second plagues were dam (blood) and zefardea (frogs); and frogs should be noted because they primarily croak and JUMP!

2. Frogsצפרדע

Shemot (Exodus) 8:1-15

Preceded by a warning

“Go in to Pharaoh…”

Shemot (Exodus) 7:26

Paroh hardened his heart. – Shemot (Exodus) 8:11
Robbed the Egyptians of their pride, their possessions, and their sense of superiority, reducing them to lowly submission.

Then he brought against them thunders of war: This refers to the frogs.”

Said R. Yose bar Hanina, “The croaking was worse for them than the frogs themselves.”

2 thoughts on “Pesach: “Jumping for Joy”

  1. How do we know HaShem is “Master of War”?
    First, as in the Haggadah, like a master strategist, He stops up the water-courses, (the plague of blood) then sends troops to invade territory (the plague of frogs)….
    R. Levi bar Zechariah in the name of R. Berekhiah: “It was with the arts of royal siege-warfare that God came against them [The Egyptians]. First of all, [a besieging army] shuts up their water supply, then he brings against them thunders of war, then he shoots arrows, then he brings troops, ‎then he storms them, then he pours burning oil, then he throws great stones against them, then he brings against them scaling troops, then he captures ‎them, then he takes out their greatest figure and kills him. ‎[So too is the order of God’s siege of Egypt:] first he shut up their water supply: He turned their rivers into blood (Ps, 78:44). ‎Then he brought against them thunders of war: This refers to the frogs.” Said R. Yose bar Hanina, “The croaking was worse for them than the frogs themselves.” “Then he shot arrows: This refers to the lice. Then he brought troops: This refers to the swarms of wild beasts. Then he starved them out: A very heavy murrain (Ex. 9:3). ‎Then he poured burning oil: This refers to the boils. Then he threw great stones against them: This refers to the hail. Then he brought against them scaling troops: This refers to the locusts. Then he captured them: this refers to the darkness. Then he took out their greatest figure and killed him: This refers to the killing of the firstborn.”

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  2. Beshalach 5779

    וַֽחֲמֻשִׁ֛ים עָל֥וּ בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מֵאֶ֥רֶץ מִצְרָֽיִם They left armed (13:18) – The Rema MiPanu notes that the Jewish nation was on the 50th level of Tumah and this is the intent of the Possuk when we note that they left armed (Chamushim = Chamishim). Rav Moshe Wolfson Shlita adds that if you count the number of times that the Torah speaks about Yetzias Mitzrayim, it is 50 times. This, too reminds us of the departure from the 50th level of Tumah. When we say Kol HaMarbeh L’Saper Harei Zeh Mishubach we mean that we only mention the idea when it becomes a Shevach — a praise.

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