PARASHAT SHMOT: The fateful choice: To be a brother

Did secular Jews ever create a space in which to practice their Judaism?

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
January 4, 2018 18:31
3 minute read.
‘THE FINDING of Moses’ (1904) by Dutch painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema

‘THE FINDING of Moses’ (1904) by Dutch painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

A handsome Egyptian prince grew up in the king’s palace as the beloved son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He took for granted that all Egypt had to offer was his for the taking.

In the Egyptian class system, he was of the highest class. The social classes under him included the temple priests, scribes, artists, farmers and, at the bottom of the ladder, the foreign workers who streamed to Egypt in ancient times.

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