Recognizing the Voices
Parashat Va’Era

Dena Weiss

All of the plagues were silent, except for one.  According to a number of midrashic sources, the plague of frogs, צפרדע, was terrible not only for the physical presence of the frogs in the most intimate areas of home and hearth, but specifically because of the sound that the frogs made.  A deeper look at this detail will show that it is not about the frogs themselves, but about two different groups of human beings: the Egyptian people whom the frogs interact with and the Israelite people whom the frogs represent.  Listening to the croaking of these little animals and the noise that this plague produced can actually teach us much about what it means to be human and to recognize someone else as equally so.

 
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