By Jennifer Lipman
March 5, 2013
Here’s a mad pre-Pesach coincidence for you.
Reports are emerging of a plague of locusts descending on modern Egypt – a catastrophe that, as you most likely know, marked the eighth stage in the ten biblical plagues visited upon Egypt ahead of the Exodus.
Time magazine has the story:
"Folks in Giza, Egypt — home of the famous pyramids — are presently grappling with just such a plague, having to fend off upwards of 30 million locusts according to official estimates."
With less than three weeks to go until seder, it’s certainly ironic timing. As yet, however, there have been no reports of rivers of blood, frog invasions or bizarre spells of daytime darkness. If anyone hears of a bloke called Moses wandering about Egypt, though...