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A Mix-and-Match Haggadah

By On June 25, 2012

Were all Egyptians pro-slavery? Children’s author Lemony Snicket suggests that even if most Egyptians started out in favor of subjugating the Israelites, they probably wavered after the Ten Plagues started. After burning hail, wild beasts,… Read More

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An American Childhood in Egypt

By On June 1, 2012

Sipping from the Nile, a new memoir, tells the story of Jean Naggar, who is now a New York literary agent. A fourth-generation Egyptian, both Naggar’s parents came from prominent Sephardic Jewish families. Life in… Read More

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No One Is All Bad

By On December 21, 2010

Like any compelling story, the saga of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt has bad guys–the Egyptians–and  good guys–Moses and, well, God. Yet Rashi, a medieval commentator, makes a surprising comment about how we’re supposed to feel about the… Read More