- Death of the Egyptian Firstborns
- Rabbi Reuven Mann, quoting Rabbi Israel Chait
- Rabbi Chait said Death of Firstborns was unique: Every other
plague came through an angel, i.e., a visible, physical force.
For example, a great wind preceded the Plague of Locusts, and
the first plague (Nile River turning into blood) involved producing
some change in the water and so forth. Every plague expressed
itself via a change in some visible physical phenomenon. However,
Death of Firstborns was direct. There was no medium through which
it expressed itself, that was apparent to the Egyptians. Until
now all they saw was that G-d had some type of control over the
physical forces of nature, but that He was limited, in that He
had to operate through them. Thus, there was some measure of
safety and possible escape. "He couldn't just will me dead
with no apparent cause which I could not trace to some element
in nature", the Egyptians thought.
- Prior to the Death of Firstborns, G-d always operated within
nature, so to speak. But in Death of Firstborns, He revealed
an entirely new dimension - outside of nature - by which He can
strike you down at will. Hence, the terror of that night was
different than that which attended any other plague. This is
my understanding and explanation of what I heard.