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Unformatted text preview: Eleiezer not to get a wife from Canaan he also remembered that Hashem had told him that his children, the Jews, would be "strangers in a strange land" for 400 years. If Yizchak had taken a wife from Canaan then it would have been considered his residence. On the other hand if Yizchak married somebody from another land and lived in Canaan he would be considered a stranger, starting the 400 year countdown sooner. This countdown was really meant to start when Yosef died and the Jews were enslaved by the Egyptians, but by the mercy of Hashem and the wiseness of Avrham, we were spared 190 extra years as slaves in Egypt. Just as Hashem Yesborach was so merciful to us during the Egyptian exile may he just as merciful to us now, if not more and redeem us speedily in our days so that we can all serve him in the Beit Hamikdash beyachad...
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- Spring '02