Jewish Journal


January 2, 2003

History’s Biggest Frog


"So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frog came up and covered the land of Egypt." (Exodus 8:2-3) That is how Parshat Vaerah portion describes the plague of frogs.

Did you know that sometimes our rabbis like to have fun when they interpret the Torah? Rabbi Akiva said: "Waddya mean 'the frog came up?' Why doesn't it say FROGS?" And this is his explanation: A big, giant frog -- the size of Godzilla -- came up out of the water and went on a rampage over Egypt! Isn't that a funny thing to imagine? The words of the Torah, and the way you think about them don't always have to be serious and solemn. You can have fun with them too, and use your imagination when you read the stories!


Poetry Corner


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Submitted by:Tal Chesed, 7, Los Angeles

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