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Was Hagar part of Abraham's punishment?

The Ramban chastised Abraham for going to Egypt to escape a famine in the Holy Land and for lying about Sarah: And you should know that our father Abraham committed a great sin unintentionally, when ...
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Why did God not prevent all 3 patriarchs from going to Egypt during a famine?

The Ramban strongly criticized Abraham for leaving the Holy Land during a famine, and cited that episode as the reason for the Jews' enslavement in Egypt: And you should know that our father Abraham ...
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Do some explain that Bnei Israel were 400 years in Egypt? [duplicate]

The standard understanding is that Bnei Israel were 210 years in Egypt, and the 430 years that the Torah speaks of (chemot 12:40): וּמוֹשַׁב֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל אֲשֶׁ֥ר יָשְׁב֖וּ בְּמִצְרָ֑יִם ...
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Is the commandment not to dwell in Egypt or not to dwell among Egyptians?

The Semag, in his Sefer Mitzvot Gadol, Negative Command 227, seems to say that the commandment not to dwell in Egypt permanently does not apply anymore because today's Egyptians are not the ...
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Source for the boundaries of Egypt

The Rambam codified the triplicate biblical injunction not to dwell permanently in the Land of Egypt as follows: וּמֻתָּר לִשְׁכֹּן בְּכָל הָעוֹלָם חוּץ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם. מִן הַיָּם הַגָּדוֹל וְעַד ...
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Why can't Jews return to Egypt using the same path the ancient Israelites took?

The Torah prohibits returning to Egypt (Deuteronomy 17:16, Sefer HaMitzvos Lo Sa'aseh § 46). The Sefer HaChinuch § 500 explains the reason for the prohibition is because the Egyptians are bad people, ...
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What does the name Phinehas mean?

What does the name Pinchas mean? Is it Hebrew, is it Egyptian, is it a Nubian name? In the Hebrew how does it translate to Brass/Copper Mouth when the last letter in the name is a samech and not a ...
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A Jewish slave in an Egyptian house?

Rashi brings down the Mechilta and comments that an Egyptian in a Jewish house the night of the 15 of Nisan was killed by the Makkah and a Jew in an Egyptian house at the same time was spared, because ...
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Source for non-immorality in Egypt

I heard a shiur recently, that quoted a gemara to the effect that the Jews in Egypt where not immoral. Where is this gemara, or gemeras that talk of this?
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Eggs in Salt Water at the Seder

Minhagei Yeshurun (119) writes היה אסור לכהני מצרים עפ"י דתם לאכול מלח לזה צוו חז"ל לאכלו בפסח בסעודה זו למען עשות נגד חקיהם טעם אכילת תחלה בצים מבושלות הוא גם כן למען עשות נגד חוקי המצרים כי ...
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How short was Pharoh?

We know that the Pharoh who enslaved the Jews in Egypt was very short. However, do we know how short? (What was his exact height?)
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Do scriptures mention the presence of the Egyptians in the Holy Land after Yehoshua's conquer?

Archaeological sources (only an example) mention such presence/influence in the time of the conquer which gradually faded before David's Kingdom. Is it mentioned anywhere in the Nac"h that the ...
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Population of Jews at exodus seems unrealistically large [duplicate]

I am a preacher. Today I was talking with some Jews who talked about the 2.5 -3.0 million people who witnessed the miracles of the exodus. But according to my knowledge, the population of Africa at ...
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How many Jews were in Egypt before the Exodus?

In Sanhedrin 111a, we read: It is taught in a baraita with regard to the few that are destined to be redeemed: Rav Simai says that it is stated: “And I will take you to Me as a people” (Exodus 6:7),...
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What exactly is the custom observed by Jews in Egypt on Shavuot using geese that is similar to Kaparot?

I'm not Jewish, so please forgive me if my question sounds ignorant. I was researching the practice of Kaparot when I came across the following website: Indeed, even when Maran [Rabbeinu Ovadia ...
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After the Exodus was Egypt totally ruined or not?

We had the 10 plagues, we had the Egyptians drowned in the sea, but what's the bottom-line - was Egypt at Egyptians totally ruined and the end of the story or despite the fact that some died, Egypt ...
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What's with the food ministers?

The United States has Secretaries for foreign affairs (called the Secretary of State), defense, agriculture, the treasury, commerce, education, and more. Similarly, Israel has ministers for foreign ...
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Moshe's missing years

During the years Moshe was missing from Egypt, was he travelling abroad, to Saudi Arabia perhaps or Paran? Are these missing years documented somewhere?
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Why didn't Paroh have Moshe killed?

Follow up to this question. Moshe shows up with his brother and makes a demand of Paroh -- give up a chunk of your labor, or else. Then time and time again, Hashem, through Moshe, effects a major ...
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Was Moshe punished for converting the Erev Rav?

Does anything in the Torah mention that Moshe was punished for converting the Erev Rav and taking them out of Egypt?
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Locusts don't damage Egypt. Really?

Rabenu Chanan'el, in his commentary to Bo 10:19, writes, in part: מעת עתרת משה רבינו עד עכשיו אין ארבה מפסיד בכל גבול מצרים ואם יפול בארץ ישראל ויבא ומכנס בגבול מצרים אינו אוכל מכל יבול הארץ כלום ...
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Israel in Egypt after being freed but before the Exodus?

One of Artscroll's "Daily Dose of Torah" books, on parshat Vaera, says that the Israelites stayed in Egypt for a significant period of time after being freed from slavery but before the Exodus. I ...
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Pharaoh's adjective change to Yosef

When Pharaoh first hears that Yosef's family is going to reunite, he offers them חלב הארץ, literally the fat of the land (Genesis 45:18). Rashi (ad. loc.) explains חלב means מיטב, the best. Onkelos (...
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What were the scrolls that the Jews had in Egypt fortelling of the forthcoming redemption?

I was reading Rav Melamed's Peninei Halacha, the Shabbat volume, and on page 5 he mentions that when the Jews were slaves in Egypt they had scrolls (megillot) in their possession telling of the ...
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Why did Jacob not return to Israel?

Why did Jacob and his clan not return to the Land of Israel when the famine subsided, after their stay in Egypt? We might have avoided slavery. God did not tell Abraham his descendants would be ...
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Moses' Hebrew name was given to him in Egyptian?

In שְׁמוֹת it says: וַתֹּ֧אמֶר לָ֣הּ בַּת ־ פַּרְעֹ֗ה הֵילִ֜יכִי אֶת ־ הַיֶּ֤לֶד הַזֶּה֙ וְהֵינִקִ֣הוּ לִ֔י וַאֲנִ֖י אֶתֵּ֣ן אֶת ־ שְׂכָרֵ֑ךְ וַתִּקַּ֧ח הָאִשָּׁ֛ה הַיֶּ֖לֶד וַתְּנִיקֵֽהוּ ׃ ...
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Why is the Pasuk for Vayareiu Osanu Hamitzrim a Pasuk where nothing happens?

Why is the Pasuk that the Haggadah uses to show that “the Egyptians did bad to us" the Passuk in which Pharaoh sits down and says (Shemos 1:10): הָ֥בָה נִֽתְחַכְּמָ֖ה ל֑וֹ פֶּן־יִרְבֶּ֗ה ...
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Egyptian enslavement of the Jews - Antisemitism?

Apologies in advance if this is too vague of a question, but I really wonder what other people think about this, especially since the story is coming up in a couple of weeks. I was recently reading a ...
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Are Ra'meses and Ra'amses the same place

In Bereishit 47:11 (and Shemot 12:37 and Bamidbar 33:3 and 33:5) we find mention of an Egyptian place called רַעְמְסֵס - Ra'meses. In Shemot 1:11 we find mention of an Egyptian place called רַעַמְסֵס ...
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Why assume Yosef would become viceroy

There's a strange Rashi that's bothered me for a while. The sar hamashkim described Yosef to Pharaoh. Genesis 41:12 וְשָׁ֨ם אִתָּ֜נוּ נַ֣עַר עִבְרִ֗י עֶ֚בֶד לְשַׂ֣ר הַטַּבָּחִ֔ים וַנְּ֨סַפֶּר־...
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Why does G-d tell Yitchak to remain in Cana'an?

Breishit 26:1 mentions that there was a famine, so Yitzhak and Rivka go to Gerar. From verse 2, it seems apparent that Yitzhak's intent was to eventually go to Egypt, but G-d tells him to stay in Cana'...
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Where in Egypt did the Jews live while they were still slaves in Egypt

Where in Egypt did the Jews live while they were still slaves in Egypt? So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves. They appointed brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down ...
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Why is the actual length of Galus Mitzraim not mentioned in the Torah?

Chazal expound that the Jews were in Mitzraim for 210 years (see Rashi to Bereishis 42:2, and to Avodah Zarah 9a). Why is this figure mentioned nowhere explicitly, especially when other numbers are (...
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Yaakov's sons kvarim

When Yosef died in Mitzraim, he was interred in Mitzraim until Moshe exhumed his remains which were eventually brought to Israel and reinterred. However, when Reuven, Judah, ... (the 11 brothers) died,...
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120yrs to 210yrs

I learned over Shabbos that Adam and Chava spent 120 years apart. Adam spilt seed during this time that created the klipot. The 210 years Bnei Israel spent in Egypt was necessary to elevate those ...
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Backlash from ownership of all the land/people?

The simple reading of the Torah text implies that, through Joseph's leadership, in exchange for the grain, Egypt/Pharoah came to own all the land all over the world and the people were indentured to ...
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Difference between וַהֲשִׁיבְךָ and וֶהֱשׁיבְךָ

Bereishit 40:13 בְּע֣וֹד ׀ שְׁלֹ֣שֶׁת יָמִ֗ים יִשָּׂ֤א פַרְעֹה֙ אֶת־רֹאשֶׁ֔ךָ וַהֲשִֽׁיבְךָ֖ עַל־כַּנֶּ֑ךָ וְנָֽתַתָּ֤ כוֹס־פַּרְעֹה֙ בְּיָד֔וֹ כַּמִּשְׁפָּט֙ הָֽרִאשׁ֔וֹן אֲשֶׁ֥ר הָיִ֖יתָ ...
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Why did the Jews turn away from the promised land even though Egypt was hardly a challenge?

As I understand, they received substantial help from God in the form of plagues, etc, so after the defeat of the immensely powerful Egyptian empire, why did they not think the same would happen with ...
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Kohen in a non-Kohen-specific prohibited marriage

If a Kohen marries someone forbidden to him as a Kohen, (1) she becomes a chalalah, (2) their children are chalalim, (3) if she dies he can't go to her funeral (Rashi Emor 21:4), and (4) she can't eat ...
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Was Potiphar, being a captain of an Egyptian guard, likely a eunuch? [duplicate]

In Genesis, we read the infamous story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife. Potiphar's wife (who is named Zuleikha, at least according Sefer HaYashar) repeatedly makes sexual advances on Joseph, and as we ...
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Why would Pharaoh's heart be made כבד by G-D?

I've always loved the account of the 10 plagues (who doesn't?), but I always felt a little odd about the several times (7, in fact) Pharoah's heart was made "hard/heavy" by G-d because I'm a strong ...
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How does Rashi know Yosef tells the Egyptians to circumcise themselves?

Genesis 41,55: וַתִּרְעַב֙ כָּל-אֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרַ֔יִם וַיִּצְעַ֥ק הָעָ֛ם אֶל-פַּרְעֹ֖ה לַלָּ֑חֶם וַיֹּ֨אמֶר פַּרְעֹ֤ה לְכָל-מִצְרַ֨יִם֙ לְכ֣וּ אֶל-יוֹסֵ֔ף אֲשֶׁר-יֹאמַ֥ר לָכֶ֖ם תַּֽעֲשֽׂוּ: ‏ And when ...
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Nebuchadnezzar II failure to conquer Egypt

Ezekiel 29:19 states the G-d will give Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar II. Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to give Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will carry off ...
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Jewish Communities in Egypt [duplicate]

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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What language did Pharaoh speak?

Specifically, I am looking for sources that address this issue/topic. Namely, if he spoke fluent Hebrew, as the Torah records his words, how did he know the language? If, on the other hand, he spoke ...
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Exodus 11:5 Why the firstborn?

Moses said, "Thus says the LORD, 'About midnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt, and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of the Pharaoh who sits on his throne, ...
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Why is the term דגה frequently used to refer to Egyptian (Nile) fish?

I ran a word search using Snunit's tool on the appearance of the word דג in the Bible. The search revealed 17 occurrences, and all of them had that word or some form of the word such as דגים (plural ...
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How did Israel's slavery in Mitzrayim begin?

When Yosef is about to die he tells his brothers that God will surely remember them and bring them up out of Mitzrayim (Bereishit 50:24-25). This suggests that they were already not free to leave (...
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The Shevatim's desire to check on Yosef

We all know that Yosef Hatzaddik was thrown into a pit by his brothers and then sold . My question is , the pasuk says (37:20) that the brothers said they would see what would become of Yosef's dreams ...
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Were the tribes allowed to intermarry

More than 200 years passed from the time the sons of Yaakov went to Egypt to the time the Hebrews arrived in Israel. When they arrived, the land was divided for the 12 tribes. This would suggest that ...