Divine Destiny and Egyptian Guilt

One of the famous questions that is asked regarding the Exodus from Egypt and the whole issue of the slavery of the Jews in Egypt is that, indeed G-d had actually told Abraham that his children would be slaves in a foreign land, he predicted the exile, He said the Jews would be enslaved. If so, the commentaries ask, then the Egyptians should not get punished, because they were fulfilling ...

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The Prophecy of Moses

We are beginning the book of Exodus this Shabbat, in which Moses is first introduced in the Torah. I think it is important to present the seventh of Maimonides’ principles of belief regarding the prophecy of Moses. Below is my translation of Maimonides, followed by a brief summary of the theme of the principle. Moses is the father of all prophets, both of those who preceded him and those who succeeded ...

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The Eisodus and the Exodus – Shemot 5776

We begin reading the book of Exodus this week, which has as its central theme the events surrounding the redemption of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.  G-d intervened in history, punished the Egyptian slave-masters and took His people Israel out of Egypt with miracles and wonders. With the Exodus, G-d created the physical entity known as the Jewish people and laid the way for their transformation into a ...

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