Which Creatures Made Up the Fourth Plague?

Rabbi Yehudah says lions and bears. Rabbi Nehemiah says hornets and gnats. What does arov really mean?

A wood gnat. Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel/Flickr.

A wood gnat. Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel/Flickr.

Observation
April 8 2015
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