What was the purpose of the Exodus from Egypt?
If you answered, “to free the Israelites from slavery,” or “to save them from oppression and suffering,” you probably would be in the company of 99% of those answering this question.
However, one very important dissenting voice would give a very different answer, and that’s the voice of God himself.
In the Shema, God says: “I am the Lord your God who took you out of the land of Egypt to be for you a God.” God’s avowed purpose was to create ...
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