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Enslavement in Egypt

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The Haggadah in Depth, Part 9
We read in the Haggadah how Pharaoh cleverly plotted to persecute and afflict the Jewish people, which paved the way for all the atrocities of their enslavement. This class covers the passages beginning with words "The Egyptians treated us badly and they ...
A Taste of Text—Shemot
When confronted with a situation that seems hopeless, don’t resign yourself to inactivity with the excuse that the little you can do can’t possibly make a difference.
The exile of Egypt is the paradigm and archetype for our current state of exile. Explore the spiritual meaning of Egypt as the ‘narrow straits’ that inhibit us from experiencing true freedom and redemption.
The Haggadah in Depth, Part 8
In telling the story of the Jews sinking into slavery and deprivation in Egypt, we preface in the Haggadah how in the beginning, despite all odds, we prospered and experienced tremendous growth. This class covers the paragraphs that beginss "Few in number...
During the slavery of the Jewish people in ancient Egypt, Pharaoh’s harshest decree was that every male child born, be drowned in the Nile.
Lesson 1: Introduction
This first class in the series introduces the historical context in which Miriam lived—the oppressive and bitter conditions of the Jewish people’s slavery in Egypt.
Torah relates that the Egyptian exile involved hard labor of “chomer u’leveinim” – mortar and brick. Whatever spiritual refinement G-d intended for the Jewish people through that exile could only be acquired through mortar and brick – otherwise, G-d would...
Torah relates that the Egyptian exile involved hard labor of “chomer u’leveinim – mortar and brick.” Of the current exile, however, Torah explains that the refinement of “chomer – mortar” is acquired through “kal vachomer – in-depth Torah study,” and the ...
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