Parashat Beshalach / A Dream in Two Parts

Why do these great scholars relate to and multiply the number of plagues in connection with what happens at the Red Sea? This is especially puzzling because no hint is given in the Torah of such a connection.

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In a celebrated homily, Rabbi Yossi of Galilee calculates the number of plagues God meted out to the Egyptians, asking: “How do we know that 10 plagues were visited upon the Egyptians in Egypt and 50 were...