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Unformatted text preview: ry the Jews endured, and the subsequent Exodus, is indelibly etched into
the psyche of the Jewish people. It permeates the Torah, our liturgy, and not only the Festival
of Passover, which is the subject of this commentary, but the Shabbat and every Festival in
the Jewish calendar.
It has a profound effect on our religion, on our relationship with our fellow Jews and
our relationship with other peoples. It shaped our morality, our humanity, and the way we
react with and treat each other. It entered so deeply into the subconscious of the whole
Jewish Nation, that much of our day to day activities are unknowingly and unthinkingly
shaped by it. It is no accident that Jews seem to be in the forefront of those seeking to better
the lot of those less fortunate than themselves.
However the Exodus and freedom from slavery was not a reason in itself. It was only
the beginning of the story. What does it matter if a group of slaves escaped from their
masters. Who cares if an insignificant tribe living in a tiny cor...
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