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Ch. 10, v. 1: "Bo el Paroh" - Why doesn't the verse say "leich el Paroh"? Hashem was telling Moshe that He would also be there. "Come along with Me." (Rebbitzen Feiga of Bendin daughter of the Sfas Emes in Y'cha'hein P'eir)

Ch. 10, v. 1: "Ani hichbadti es libo" - If one considers himself an "ani," an important somebody, then, "hichbadti es libo," this "I" has hardened his heart. (Rabbi Yechiel Mechel of Zlotshov in Maamorim T'horim)

Ch. 10, v. 2: "Ulmaan t'sapeir b'oznei vincho .. vida'tem ki ani Hashem" - The Torah predicates belief in Hashem with His taking us out of Egypt, "Onochi Hashem Elokecho asher hotzeisicho mei'eretz Mitzrayim" (Shmos 20:2). By relating this to our children at length, "v'chol hamarbeh l'sa'peir bitzias Mitzrayim ha'rei zeh m'shuboch" (Hagodoh Shel Pesach), - whoever relates at length the exodus from Egypt, he becomes "improved." This is because through his detailed and lengthy relating of the exodus he has gained a "clearer" comprehension of Hashem. "Ulmaan t'sa'peir," so that you become "clear." (Nirreh li)

Ch. 10, v. 26: "V'gam mikneinu yeileich imonu lo si'sho'eir parsoh ki mi'menu nikach laavode es Hashem" - Our cattle will of their own volition come along with us, as we find by Eliyohu at Mount Carmel, that the ox he slaughtered eagerly came to him and stretched out its neck to be slaughtered. Not a hoof of an animal will remain, because the cattle will eagerly come to be used as sacrifices for Hashem. "Ki mi'menu nikach laavode es Hashem," - we will take a lesson from the cattle for our service of Hashem. We will readily agree to give our lives for His service. (Malbim in Hatorah V'hamitzvoh)

Ch. 11, v. 7: "Ulchole bnei Yisroel lo yecheratz kelev l'shono" - And for all the bnei Yisroel there shall be no "charitzus," wily cunning, saying one thing while feeling another. Rather, "k'leiv l'shono" just as he feels in his heart so shall he speak. (Rabbi Mordechai of Lechovitz in Chasidim M'saprim, Rabbi Meir of Premishlan)

Ch. 12, v. 18: "Tochlu matzos" - Matzos symbolize the great resiliency of the bnei Yisroel. Just as matzoh does not become leavened as long as it is kneaded, so too, the bnei Yisroel remain loyal to Hashem and do not sour, often specifically because they experience many bangs. (Rabbi Moshe of Kosov in Leket Oni)

Ch. 12, v. 28: "Va'yeilchu va'yaasu" - Rashi says that the Torah stresses even the going to do the mitzvoh to teach us that the bnei Yisroel received reward not only for fulfillment of the mitzvoh, but even for going to do it. This is a most appropriate place to teach us this concept, as the mitzvos of Korban Pesach and accompanying Pesach laws are the first mitzvos given to the bnei Yisroel as a nation, and especially when "b'chipozone" is the theme of the times. Indeed rush, but remember that Hashem rewards for the "hachonoh," the preparation, as well. (Nirreh li)

Ch. 13, v. 7: "V'lo yeiro'eh l'cho cho'meitz" - "Yeiro'eh" should be translated as acceptable and pleasing, as in "nirin divrei Rebbi Akiva" (gemara Gitin 42b). Chomeitz symbolizes sin. Even if one has sinned, "v'lo yeiro'eh l'cho chom'meitz," - you should not be pleased with the sin. (Rabbi Chaim Meir of Vizhnitz in Brochoh M'shu'leshes)


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