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The Shach on the Torah says that since they were the sons of royalty, the Eframites lived in peace and security in Egypt, and were not enslaved. One of Efrayim's descendants (Gozan? - not sure who that is) announced that G-d told him that he was to take them out of Egypt. Then, the Bnei Efrayim, left. However, we are told that the more the Jews were ...


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This is my own reasoning; I don't have rabbinic sources. It appears that at the time Israel was in Egypt, the typical dwelling was the four-room house, which had the following layout for the ground floor: While multiple rooms means interior passages, there appears to be only one exterior doorway. The following photo from an archaeological site of the ...



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