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December 9, 2018
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
What happened to the cities of Pithom and Ramses?
וַיִּגַּ֨שׁ אֵלָ֜יו יְהוּדָ֗ה וַיֹּאמֶר֮ בִּ֣י אֲדֹנִי֒ יְדַבֶּר־נָ֨א עַבְדְּךָ֤ דָבָר֙ בְּאָזְנֵ֣י אֲדֹנִ֔י וְאַל־יִ֥חַר אַפְּךָ֖ בְּעַבְדֶּ֑ךָ כִּ֥י כָמ֖וֹךָ כְּפַרְעֹֽה׃
Then Judah went up to him and said, “Please, my lord, let your servant appeal to my lord, and do not be impatient with your servant, you who are the equal of Pharaoh.”
Yehudah let out a war cry with so much [spiritual] energy that Dan’s son, Chushim, sensed it all the way in Canaan and came instantly to be with the brothers.
Yehuda and Chushim then let out a another war cry that caused 300 Egyptian aristocrats to fall to the ground in terror. This look of terror remained with them for the rest of their lives.
The scream also caused the cities of Pithom and Ramses to be totally destroyed.
All the brothers then began stomping on the floor as well and the whole earth trembled. It even caused Pharaoh to fall off his throne.
(Bereshit Rabbah, Yalkut Shimoni, Yalkut Reuveni on Shemot 1:11, Midrash Iyov, Meam Loez)
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