Pharaoh employed sundry stratagems to uproot and destroy the children of Israel, chillingly reminiscent of recent and contemporary programs to annihilate Israel. Yet, despite it all, Israel abides. But why did G-d put Israel in Egypt? What was the Egyptian exile all about?
Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)
Parashat Shemot is read on Shabbat:
Tevet 19, 5772/January 14, 2012