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Seder Olam Rabba (written by Rabbi Yose Ben Chalafta in the 2nd century) chapter 3 says that they took 12 months - based on the starting point of your discussion, namely the gathering of the straw, which he writes is normal to do in Iyar (not in the fall). The Mishna in Eduyos 2:10 says the same: משפט המצריים, שנים עשר חודש The judgement of the ...


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Rabbeinu Bachaye to Shemos 13:2 וכתב רבינו חננאל ז״ל שהוליכם דרך המדבר לסבה אחרת והיא כדי להרבות להם אותות ומופתים כי אילו הוליכם דרך ארץ פלשתים הקרוב ויתן הקב"ה בלבם שיתנו להם רשות לעבור דרך ארצם ושלא יעכבו אותם כלל היה האות קל ועל כן חייבה החכמה להסב אותם דרך המדבר להיות האותות רבים וגדולים כירידת המן ועלית השלו והוצאת מים מן הצור ...


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ב"ה Hope this helps. http://members.bib-arch.org/publication.asp?PubID=BSBA&Volume=29&Issue=5&ArticleID=9 Interesting find in 2003 by Manfried Bietak. This find is actually a real game changer in proving the existence of the Israelites in Egypt. This doesnt seem to be a huge find on the surface, but really this sort of throws a wrench in the ...


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The Haggadah does not say that we would still all be slaves today, nor does it say that we would be slaves. It says: “And if the Holy One, Blessed be He, had not taken our forefathers out of Egypt, behold, we (see below) and our children and our children’s children (three generations only) would have been subjugated (but not slaves) to Pharaoh in ...


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The Da'as Zkeinim (and the Chizkuni) at the beginning of Parshas Noach addresses this issue in a different context - The posuk says תמים by Noach, and the Midrash says (Bereishis Rabba 30:8) that anyone described as such lived to an age the which is the multiple of 7 (full שבוע). Noach's 950 do not add (or divide) up. He answers that he lived this amount ...


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There are a number of answers ranging from strengthening Pharaoh so that he could withstand the plagues, to the difference in language showing that Pharaoh hardened his own heart at first and G0d only did that later after Pharaoh had reached the level of requiring punishment, ... Check out Hardened Hearts: Some Explanations to see some of them ...


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The Vilna Ga'on notes the cantillation notes of וימררו את חייהם, they embittered their lives (Shemos 1:14) is קדמא ואזלא, which means preceded and went, and the numerical value of קדמא ואזלא is 190 (the difference between 400 and 210), because the Egyptians embittered their lives in such a way that they stuffed 190 years worth more of work into those 210 ...


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I once heard a Shiur where the Rabbi said that originally there were not going to be 10 plagues, Just the threat of death of Egyptian firstborns should Pharaoh not listen. It was only once Pharaoh denied knowledge of G-d that G-d said there would be 10 plagues, so that the whole of Egypt would know who G-d is. In Shemot 4:21-23, G-d says to tell Pharaoh ...


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I'm not sure if my math or logic is correct, plus this isn't really a complete answer, but here it is: The Rambam, Hilchot Beis Habechirah 1:2 says: The Mishkan moved to Shiloh when the Shmitah calculations started (14 years after they entered the land. The Mishkan was in Shiloh for 369 years. It then moved to Nov, and then on to Givon, where it spent 57 ...


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According to what we say on Pesach night in the Haggadah: ויוציאנו ה' ממצרים, לא על ידי מלאך ולא על ידי שרף ולא על ידי שליח, אלא הקב"ה בכבודו ובעצמו. שנאמר: "ועברתי בארץ מצרים בלילה הזה, והכיתי כל בכור בארץ מצרים מאדם עד בהמה. ובכל אלוהי מצרים אעשה שפטים, אני ה'." ועברתי בארץ מצרים, אני ולא מלאך. והכיתי כל בכור, אני ולא שרף. ובכל אלוהי מצרים אעשה שפטים, ...


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Rabbi Shlomo Kluger in his sefer Imrei Shefer here gives a very different explanation of this posuk which includes explaining the last phrase literally - that the Yisrael will leave the land. The full English translation of this piece can be found here, but I will quote a section of it: It seems that all that Pharaoh wanted was to get rid of ...


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The Maharal in Gevuros Hashem ch. 52 explains this line in two ways. In his first explanation, he writes that the point is not that Hashem would have / could have only taken us out then, but rather that no one else could have taken us out, whether then or at some later point. This is because the Exodus was the creation of the Jewish nation from potential ...


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1) Perhaps it means the culturally we would still be enslaved to Pharaoh. We would be entrenched in the Egyptian values, their ethical and philosophical beliefs. We would be assimilated into the Egyptian society never to break away if not for God taking us out and providing us with a new outlook on life. 2) Perhaps it is not telling us a historical ...



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