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According to the simple meaning of the text, it seems like God took away Pharaoh’s free will – how could He do such a thing? In this video, we explores the different words used by the Torah, kaved and chazek; Rabbi Fohrman argues that the precise language shows that God allows Pharaoh to pursue his vision, even if the vision is a defiance of God.

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This video is from Rabbi David Fohrman.

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Rabbi David Fohrman is the dean of Aleph Beta Academy. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, and was a lead writer and editor for ArtScroll's Talmud translation project. Aleph Beta creates videos to help people experience Torah in way that is relevant and meaningful to them. for more videos, visit: alephbeta.org.