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Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 11:20 am

This week’s parshah, Beshalach, describes one of the greatest miracles in Jewish history, the Exodus from Egypt. Pharaoh acted, not for humane considerations, but because he was coerced by nationwide hysteria after the slaying of the firstborn (“for there was no house in which there was no death”).

His submission did not last long. He soon realized that the Jews were not coming back and that Egypt no longer had a massive source of free labor. He regretted releasing them and mobilized his army to chase them, thinking that his former slaves would be easily conquered and returned to their labor.

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