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After nine plagues which disrupted and devastated Egyptian society it is a fair question what did the Egyptians think of Bene Yisrael? Left to one’s own experience it would be reasonable to believe the Egyptians looked upon Bene Yisrael with a mixture of contempt, loathing and fear. Pharaoh’s defiance could be seen as being recklessly obstinate and thereby earning his nation’s scorn for squandering its resources for his own purpose. Or will Pharaoh be seen as fearless ready to defend Egypt’s…Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on January 26, 2012 at 7:29pm — No Comments
The Exodus encompasses the total experience including the the Ten Plagues G-D visited upon Egypt . The Torah’s introduction to these events is fascinating. “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh shall not listen to you, that I may lay My hand upon Egypt, and bring forth My hosts, My people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch…Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on January 19, 2012 at 9:03pm — No Comments
Moshe Our Teacher A’H while tending his Father-in-Law’s flocks encounters a lowly sneh bush that is enveloped in fire but not consumed. Moshe is informed he is seeing a D-vine vision. Whereupon G-D informs Moshe time has arrived for Bene Yisrael’s redemption from Egypt. Further Moshe is called upon to serve as Bene Yisrael’s leader (see Shemot 3:1-10).
Moshe was simply incredulous responding “ . . . Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the people of…Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on January 12, 2012 at 8:22pm — No Comments
The Patriarch Ya’akov A’H after seventeen years in Egypt was preparing to depart from this world . Like his Father and Grandfather Ya’akov wishes to bequest to his children. Ya’akov unlike his predecessors had by this time many children, grandchildren and greatgrand-children. The Rashbam ZT’L ZY’A (Bereshith 49:1) cites the sages who opined that three were as many as 600,000 descendants. Ya’akov was told (46:2-4) not to fear his descendants’ assimilation within Egyptian society. Indeed the…Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on January 6, 2012 at 5:58am — No Comments