Frozen Fire

The recalcitrance

of the heart of Pharaoh,

his refusal to acknowledge G-d,

shook him to the marrow,

as the hail descended.

The miraculous nature of fire within ice,

wreaked havoc on the land

and briefly brought him to his senses;

this was G-d’s hand.

dVerse prompt


Author: Tzvi Fievel

My focus is on the synthesis of psychology, religion, and writing. I have undergraduate degrees in Psychology and English. Additionally, I hold a certificate in Rubenfeld Synergy (psychophysical re-education).

3 thoughts on “Frozen Fire”

    1. Good question. The commentaries look at this in-depth. Basically, because G-d gives free will to mankind, this has to be taken into consideration. Rashi points out that the first five times, Torah records that Pharaoh hardened his own heart. After this, H’Shem strengthened Pharaoh in his obstinacy, for the sole purpose of demonstrating His power through the plagues, and the Splitting of the Sea of Reeds, that only result because of Pharaoh’s continuous refusal to let the Children of Israel go.


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