In Jewish Studies, we are learning about each plague. Right now, we are learning about the 5th plague; the plague of livestock (מקנה) disease. In the 5th plague, all the Egyptians’ livestock contracted a disease, and eventually died. But, none of the Israelites’ livestock died.
We do not know how long this plague lasted, but most people think the plague lasted for a month. Previously, Aaron started the plagues, but this time, Moshe started the plague. The plague affected the Egyptians and their livestock because ALL of the animals died. Nowadays, people wouldn’t mind so much if their cows, sheep, and camels died because, well, we can go to the grocery store, and the mall if we needed clothes or food. But back then, if you wanted meat, you would need a cow, and if you didn’t have a cow, no meat for you! If you needed new clothes your sheep could not provide wool. Lastly, if you needed to go somewhere very urgently, you would need a camel to ride to get to your destination. As you can probably guess, Pharoah got super mad about this plague, especially when he heard that none of the Israelites’ animals, died. What would you do if all your livestock died? What would you do for clothes, meat, and transportation?