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Why are there Jewish communities in Egypt when the Torah says never to go back to Egypt? How is this acceptable?

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  • Ask Yirmeyahu. He went there. – Aaron Apr 7 '16 at 21:35
  • @Aaron Do you know what he'd say? This isn't a name game to prove great Jews lived there. It's trying to understand how they did. – Double AA Apr 7 '16 at 21:42
  • @DoubleAA He fled there after the fall of Judah, and many Jews have lived in Egypt for reasons of safety or feeling of persecution. i think when faced with the idea of death in Israel, or safety in Egypt, many (even the most faithful) would take the latter – Aaron Apr 7 '16 at 21:47
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    @Aaron So you think it was forbidden to go, just Pikuach Nefesh allowed them to? That's quite a novel position. Why didn't they get out as soon as possible? – Double AA Apr 7 '16 at 21:59

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