Can We Know if the Exodus Happened?

Can a rigorous and convincing case be made for the Biblical Exodus?




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(3) Ian Cannon, March 22, 2021 6:16 PM

Ancient Hebrew Graffiti.

I can't believe that neither Rabbi mentioned about the fact that there is (or was,in case the Egyptians erased it somehow!) ancient Hebrew written on the pyramids!!! I remember hearing about it probably 40 years ago from my Mother who read it in a newspaper! Apparently,it couldn't be understood,the same as most people can't understand Old English,however they were definitely Hebrew characters!! Good & interesting video,nonetheless!! Thank you Aish!! :-) Greetings from Perth in Western Australia!!

(2) Daniel Rider, March 20, 2021 4:57 PM

Respectfully disagree

I am a Jew who believes our people came out of Egypt. But not as freed slaves. The physical evidence indicates pyramids etc. were built by an army of skilled tradesman. The Egyptians were detailed record keepers. What we do know is that a Semitic group dominated Egypt briefly, the Hyksos, then... left. We know the nation turned to monotheism briefly, but then this movement was overthrown. The Habiru, fierce desert people, were seen as the offspring of Horus and Sekhmet, the lion warrior goddess. How did a large group of Jews leave Egypt laden with spoils and suddenly able to achieve military conquests as the people moved to new lands? Why did they struggle between the Egyptian religion and Monotheism? I believe the legends we have are the distant mirror on this real past of the Exodus of real people, probably after a negotiated end to open hostilities - the story of the plagues is striking in this respect.

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(1) Tzippy Leichter, March 18, 2021 9:08 PM

Believing in miracles

Rabbi Dr. Berman is a brilliant scholar and this was an excellent interview. But according to all early commentaries that I have learned, including Maimonides who was the ultimate rationalist, we must believe that the miracles that the Bible describes occurred. In fact, Maimonides states in Yad Chazakah that the entire mitzvah of the Haggadah is to recount the miracles that Hashem did, and to instill within ourselves and our children Hashem’s ability to go beyond nature. This is even clearer in Nachmanides (in beginning of Va’Era, end of Bo) who was a rationalist/kabbalist (combining both worlds in a seamless way). He states that the whole purpose of the Exodus is to instill within us our belief in open miracles, which will then lead to our belief in Hashems hidden miracles in our lives.
The point of the Exodus, then, is not to give us something to be grateful to G-d for, but for us to experience and recount every year G-d’s ability to transcend beyond nature to save us, via the supernatural.

 

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