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The Gra[1] asks on the phraseology of את כל מגפתי, all my plagues only in regard to the plague of ברד, hail?                               

Hashem punishes in three ways—through אש, fire, מים, water and רוח, wind. This is in accordance with מחרב ולמחסה ולמסתור מזרם וממטר, from heat (fire) in the daytime as a protection and refuge from the storm (wind) and rain (water).[2] We see this in the beginning of creation as the דור הפלגה was punished with wind as this is how they were scattered.סדום  was punished with fire and the דור המבול with water. The plagues were not all carried out in the same way—דם and צפרדע were with water, שחין was with fire[3] and so on. However, ברד had all three as fire and water were mixed together[4] whereas קולות[5] refers to the wind. Hence, it says כל מגפתי. This is alluded to in אמר[6] which it says by the hail as it stands for אש מים רוח.

[1] Peninim Mishulchan HaGra 9:14.

[2] Yeshaya 4:6.

[3] Shemos 9:8.

[4] Shemos 9:24, Rashi. Indeed, ברד is a contraction of ב’ רד—two opposites descended.

[5] Shemos 9:23.

[6] Shemos 9:13.

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