Biblical/Ancient Jews Fleeing Egypt WERE NOT Refugees

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Batya Medad
New York-born Batya Medad made aliyah with her husband just weeks after their 1970 wedding and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Political pundit, with a unique perspective, Batya has worked in a variety of professions: teaching, fitness, sales, cooking, public relations, photography and more. She has a B.S. in Journalism, is a licensed English Teacher specializing as a remedial teacher and for a number of years has been studying Tanach (Bible) in Matan. Batya blogs on Shiloh Musings and A Jewish Grandmother. ...

Biblical/Ancient Jews Fleeing Egypt WERE NOT Refugees

What's a refugee?

a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster (google)

The Jews who left Egypt weren't refugees, because they weren't Egyptians. They were descendants of a foreign tribe, different religion and culture who had been invited to stay in Egypt during a time of extreme famine in their own land. One can say that when they arrived in Egypt they had been refugees at that time. But then, once there was a new ruler/Pharaoh policy towards them changed and they became enslaved, and they were denied all civil rights, including the right to go back to their homeland.

That is the Passover Story. It's about a People trying to return home to their Homeland. It's not about people aka refugees looking for better economic conditions, educational opportunities or security in a foreign land. 

The Passover story is more like that of North African Jews being forced to hike thousands of miles to the Land of Israel or the European Jews on clandestine aliyah ships trying to sneak past the British forces that aimed to keep Jews out of the Holy Land.

The Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum

Aliyah Bet Naval Museum

In the 20th Century version, the British prevented Jews from entering the Land of our Forefathers, even when they knew that staying in Europe meant certain death by the Nazis.

Despite it all, the Jewish People did manage to return Home and establish a modern state, the State of Israel. There is no other people in the world that has done anything similar, especially after a two thousand 2,000 year expulsion.

The State of Israel is miraculous, and that is proof that we are Gd's People.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Pesach Sameach!

Have a Peaceful Shabbat and a Joyous Passover Holiday!