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January 10, 2019
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
What miracle took place for the Jews during the plague of darkness?
לֹֽא־רָא֞וּ אִ֣ישׁ אֶת־אָחִ֗יו וְלֹא־קָ֛מוּ אִ֥ישׁ מִתַּחְתָּ֖יו שְׁלֹ֣שֶׁת יָמִ֑ים וּֽלְכָל־בְּנֵ֧י יִשְׂרָאֵ֛ל הָ֥יָה א֖וֹר בְּמוֹשְׁבֹתָֽם׃
People could not see one another, and for three days no one could get up from where he was; but all the Israelites enjoyed light in their dwellings.
For the Jews, the days were even brighter than normal during this plague. The nights were bright too, similar to the amount of light outside as the sun begins to set.
Isaiah, in his prophecy, predicted that a similar phenomenon will happen again in messianic times.
The plague of darkness was a “measure for measure” punishment, because the Egyptians made the Jews work day and night.
It was also because they worshipped the sun as a deity and made the Jews carry torches to illuminate the way for them.
(Divrei Shalom, Zera Berach on part 2, Kli Chemdah, Kli Yakar, Siftei Cohen, Meam Loez on Ishaiah 9:1, 30:26, Yalkut Reuveni, Kli Chemdah, Yad Yosef, Siftei Cohen)
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