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Unformatted text preview: , really started when Joseph was put into the pit by his brothers as told in
Gen. Ch. 37, and then spirited away to Egypt by a band of Midianite caravan traders. The brothers
taking the striped coat of many colours given to Joseph by his father Jacob, slaughtered a male goat,
dipped the coat into its blood and gave it to Jacob as ‘proof’ that Joseph had been devoured by wild
Over 200 years later in Egypt, the Jewish people are commanded by God to take a male lamb
or goat, slaughter it and dip a bundle of hyssop branches in its blood and smear the blood on the doorpost and lintel of their houses (Ex. Ch. 12. V. 22). This was the first act of rebellion against the Egyptians
and marked the end of their long servitude, the beginning of their freedom and the first declaration
that they, as a people had put their trust in the Almighty
Perhaps the two dippings at the Seder night are an oblique reminder of these two events that
mark the two most important milestones on the long road of the history of the Jewish people...
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