We are now learning about מכת חושך in our study of the ten plagues. חושך means darkness, but this plague doesn’t just mean that it is dark outside. The חושך blinded the Egyptians and their animals; they couldn’t even move! משה started this plague by lifting his מטה in the air and then ה׳ brought the plague. In the Torah it says that מכת חושך lasted 3 days twice. Rashi interpreted that by saying that מכת חושך lasted 6 days but some people think that it lasted only 3 days. How many days do you think מכת חושך lasted? During מכת חושך all of the Jews who didn’t believe that they would leave מצרים were killed and buried. The reason it was during מכת חושך is because the Egyptians would have said, “Oh. The Jews as dieing too.” and משה didn’t want that. At the end of the plague פרעה’s heart hardened; this is one of the last times that ה׳ will harden פרעה’s heart. Look for the next post on מכת בכורות (the last plague)!