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Is there historical evidence for the Jews being in Egypt?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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There is plenty of archeological evidence that indicate that the Jews were enslaved in Ancient Egypt. Many books have been written on this topic, one of them is “Israel in Egypt – Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition” written by James Hoffmeier.

Additionally a papyrus was found in Egypt in the nineteenth century which describes in detail many of the plagues and the Exodus itself. This papyrus, which currently resides in a Dutch museum, is known as the Ipuwer Papyrus, which was written by an Egyptian who was an eye-witness to these events.

Nevertheless, is there any more compelling evidence than the fact that for more than 3,000 years Jews have sat down by the Seder table and repeated the exact same story to their children? This is a chain of a direct unbroken tradition passed down from fathers who saw the events, to their children who in turn passed it down to their children, who passed it down to their children...


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Holidays » Passover » The Story

Festive meal eaten on the first two nights of the holiday of Passover (In Israel, the Seder is observed only the first night of the holiday). Seder highlights include: reading the story of the Exodus, eating Matzah and bitter herbs, and drinking four cups of wine.
1. The miraculous departure of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage in 1312 BCE. 2. The second of the Five Books of Moses. This book describes the aforementioned Exodus, the giving of the Torah, and the erection of the Tabernacle.