The various labors that they made them perform. Ruthlessly they made life bitter for them with harsh labor at mortar and bricks and with all sorts of tasks in the field.
God ensured that when the women would go to the river to draw water, they would also draw small fish along with the water. They would heat the water and cook the fish and then go to the fields to bathe and feed their husbands. They would then be intimate together.
When the time for giving birth would arrive, the women would go to the apple orchards and give birth under the trees. God would send an angel who would clean and prepare the newborns just as a midwife would. The babies would nurse from stones that would miraculously produce oil and honey.
The Egyptians would come to the orchards to kill the newborn boys but a miracle occurred and the babies would be absorbed into the earth. When the Egyptians saw this, they would bring oxen to plow up the earth and retrieve the babies, but to no avail.
When the Egyptians would finally give up and leave, the babies would re-emerge from the ground.
It was these babies who later said the words “This is my God, and I will glorify Him” (Exodus 15:2) at the Red Sea when they realized it was He, who performed all these miracles for them.
(Sotah 11b, Pirkei deRabbi Eliezer Ch.42)
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