24 The hail was very heavy—fire flashing in the midst of the hail—such as had not fallen on the land of Egypt since it had become a nation.
vai-HEE va-RAD v’-AYSH mit-la-KA-khat b’-TOKH ha-ba-RAD ka-VAYD m’-OD a-SHER lo ha-YAH kha-MO-hu b’-khol E-retz mitz-RA-yim may-AZ ha-y’-TAH l’-GOY
כד וַיְהִי בָרָד וְאֵשׁ מִתְלַקַּחַת בְּתוֹךְ הַבָּרָד כָּבֵד מְאֹד אֲשֶׁר לֹא־הָיָה כָמֹהוּ בְּכָל־אֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם מֵאָז הָיְתָה לְגוֹי׃
9:24 The hail was very heavy
The hail contains both fire and ice coming down together to smite the Egyptians. Miraculously, the fire does not melt the ice and the ice does not extinguish the fire. The two ordinarily opposing forces work together harmoniously for the purpose of fulfilling God’s will. Similarly, Rashi comments (Genesis 1:8) that the Hebrew word for ‘heaven,’ shamayim (שמים), comes from the Hebrew words aish (אש), ‘fire,’ and mayim (מים), ‘water,’ as the two came together in harmony to make up the heavens. This overruling of the laws of nature serves as a powerful lesson and is referenced in the daily Jewish prayer service. The following supplication appears multiple times in the liturgy: “He Who makes peace in His heights, may He make peace upon us and upon all Israel.” With this request, humankind is reminded that the common goal of serving Hashem should override all differences between people and unite us in peace.