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January 6, 2019
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
How many Locust species were sent?
וַיַּ֣עַל הָֽאַרְבֶּ֗ה עַ֚ל כָּל־אֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרַ֔יִם וַיָּ֕נַח בְּכֹ֖ל גְּב֣וּל מִצְרָ֑יִם כָּבֵ֣ד מְאֹ֔ד לְ֠פָנָיו לֹא־הָ֨יָה כֵ֤ן אַרְבֶּה֙ כָּמֹ֔הוּ וְאַחֲרָ֖יו לֹ֥א יִֽהְיֶה־כֵּֽן׃
Locusts invaded all the land of Egypt and settled within all the territory of Egypt in a thick mass; never before had there been so many, nor will there ever be so many again.
The word “arbeh/Locust” is mentioned 7 times in the verses, to teach us that the 7 destructive species of locusts mentioned in the Torah attacked all at once.
The 7 species are: Arbeh (Chulin 65a describes it as the Gobay, an edible kosher insect), Salam, Chargol, Chagav, Gazam, Yelek and Chasil.
(Rabenu Bachya, Zera Berach part 2, Kli Chemdah)
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