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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Va'eira: Rav Chaim Kanievsky - Paroh Suspects Moshe Has Inside Information

By Makas Tfardei'a Moshe asks Paroh, "When shall I daven for the frogs to go away?" 

Paroh answers, "Tomorrow."  

The Ramban asks, "Why did Paroh not want them to go away immediately?" He answers that Paroh suspected that Moshe knew the Maka was about to end and, therefore, Paroh wanted to test Moshe to see if he had any control over the frogs, or he just knew the secret of when the maka would end.

Rav Chaim Kanievsky says that this Ramban is hard to understand, since Paroh summoned Moshe to the palace, this meeting could not have been planned by Moshe to coincide with the end of the Maka.

Rav Chaim suggests a different explantion for Paroh's delay. "Paroh, for the first time, agreed verbally to let Bnei Yisrael leave Mitzrayim. He then asked Moshe to daven to make the frogs go away. He fully expected Moshe to say that he will do so once the Bnei Yisrael are safely out of Mitzrayim. Yet, he didn't, and he asked Paroh when he wanted the Maka to end. When Paroh heard this he suspected that Moshe knew that the time was now ,and, therefore, did not hold it over Paroh's head as a guarantee that he live by his word. Therefore, Paroh asked him to daven only tomorrow to see if indeed the frogs would stick around until then."

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