What Was The Second Plague?

The Torah calls is “tzfardea,” which, in modern Hebrew, is what we know in English as “frog.”  But is it that simple?

Rabbi Nosson Slifkin has a detailed post about the analysis from midrashic texts about the qualities of the animals in the plague, trying to determine whether it was frogs or crocodiles.

Without getting too deeply into this, wouldn’t crocs, which are much more dangerous than frogs (which are basically harmless, but just annoying) be more plague-y?  I mean, if you were an Egyptian, wouldn’t a swarm of crocs coming out of the Nile and into your house be much more frightening?


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