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VaEira – Why Ten Plagues?

Red Sea, First Plague

Red Sea, First PlagueWhy were there ten plagues? Why didn’t Hashem finish off the Egyptians at once? What’s the message of the drawn-out process of Yetziyas Mitzrayim through the makos?

The ten plagues gradually elevated Bnei Yisrael to increasing levels of yira – awe and respect for Hashem. Similarly, the frightening things in our own times bring us greater awareness of Hashem’s power and His love for us. The main thing is: keep begging Him for protection and aitza tova – good counsel.