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Unformatted text preview: the merciful” (Midrash Tanchuma Metzorah 1). And lastly what
does it mean, “Walking humbly with thy God”.
It is only by learning Torah that we begin to understand. Really ‘learning’ it, is a lifetime’s
work. But we all have to begin somewhere. Torah learning testifies to the truth of the saying “a
thousand mile march begins with the first step”. We find that if we take one step towards God, He, as
it were, takes two steps towards us 48 My Journey through the Haggadah by Yekutiel Atkins
So what did Laban do or want. Even before Pharaoh, Abraham’s nephew Laban, whose two
daughters Leah and Rachel and the two servant girls Bilhah and Zilpah were married to his,
Abraham’s, grandson Jacob (Israel) (Gen. Chs. 29-32). One of the translations of “Arami Avad Avi”, is
an Aramean, (Laban) tried to ‘destroy my father’ (Deut Ch. 26 V. 5). Not physically because after all,
Jacob's children were his grandchildren, but morally by trying to seduce Jacob and his children to
adopt the idol worship of his, Laban’s fathers which Abraham had so vigorously denied.
If Laban had succeeded, there would be no Jewish people today. So that although Pharaoh
wanted to dispose of only the male children, (Ex. Ch...
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