Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Haggadah, Yaakov and Aliyah


The Haggadah points out that Yaakov descended to Egypt to 'sojourn there' rather than to live there permanently.

The Maharal of Prague observed that the Haggadah is trying to say that had Yaakov and his family actually intended to abandon life in Israel and settle permanently in Egypt, they would not have been redeemed from slavery. They merited to be brought out of Egypt specifically because they, all along, had understood they would return to Israel and had intended to return to Israel.

Have a great day,

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