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countries where Shechita, the Jewish method of slaughter of animals for food and even circumcision is
forbidden. Many of us live in a society where we have to conform to the ways and culture of the
people among whom we live. We therefore express the hope that next year we may celebrate the
festival in the reborn and rebuilt old/new Land of Israel. Where our faith may be practiced according
to our own laws and customs.
As we say these words we can imagine the ancient Israelites in Egypt existing on the "poor
bread", living amidst the gorgeous and wealthy culture of the Egyptians. An archeologist has said that
there was so much gold used in Egypt that it bordered on the vulgar. The Israelites, being revolted by
the Egyptians paganism and worship of animals and the dead, even before the revelation on Mount
Sinai. Living with a perhaps hazy recollection of their Sainted Forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
and perhaps with only a sketchy idea of the Almighty. We can also try to imagine the hardships and
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- Spring '14
- The Bible