190. The Jew stated, You said that the Holy One, blessed be He, had killed in Egypt all those cattle and all those sheep. There were three types of deaths among the animals, 1) Pestilence; 2) those killed by hail; and 3) the firstborn of the animals THAT DIED DURING THE PLAGUE OF THE FIRSTBORN.
191. HE ASKS, What was their type of death? HE ANSWERS, it is first written, "Behold the hand of Hashem is on your cattle which is in the field" (Shemot 9:3). Why is it not written, "The hand of Hashem" of all the plagues? Here a hand with five fingers is concerned, because at first, BY THE PLAGUE OF LICE, it is written, "This is the finger of Elohim" (Shemot 8:15). Here all five fingers participate, each finger killing one species. And there were five species as it is written, "On the horses, on the asses, on the camels, on the oxen, and on the sheep" (Shemot 9:3). We see five kinds for the five fingers, which are considered a hand. Therefore, "Behold, the hand of Hashem...there shall be a very grievous plague." They died of themselves, for they were found dead.
192. Since Egypt did not return IN REPENTANCE, the very letters OF 'PESTILENCE (HEB. DEVER, DALET BET RESH)' returned and killed all those that survived, AND THE LETTERS Dalet Bet Resh turned into hail (Heb. barad, Bet Resh Dalet). What is the difference between them? PESTILENCE is affected quietly while HAIL is affected with the strength of anger. Both of these were in one place, namely in five fingers.
193. Come and see, pestilence (Dalet Bet Resh): These are letters that are quiet, a quiet death, for they died of themselves. There was hail (Bet Resh Dalet) since the letters changed to be with the strength of anger, and killed everything. They remained sitting in that field. They saw sheep coming to a certain place and die there. The Jew rose AND WENT to that place, and saw two dead birds called Katfiri full of worms AND POISON THAT CAUSED THE SHEEP TO DIE.