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I am trying to create a "profile" of the mindset of the Jewish people during their captivity in Egypt up to and including the appearance of Moses. Holy Scripture says that they prayed to God for deliverance from bondage, so they must have thought that God could deliver them in some way. But what did the Jews believe about God then, and what could He do? Did they only know Him through the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob) and Joseph? Did the Hebrews only know their stories and how God interacted with them, or was there an oral tradition passed down to a few, some, or all the people regarding the creation, flood, fall of humanity, etc?

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All the men of 20 years old and upward who came out of Egypt were not allowed to enter Canaan. Israel had to wander 40 years in the wilderness until the men of war died. Did this include the men of the tribe of Levite? Can you find any Rabbinical witting on this? Is there agreement on this subject or is it debated? Thanks for any help you can provide.

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How long did it take for the Israelites to travel from Goshen (Egypt) to Mount Sinai? I just read an article in my local Jewish newspaper. The writer states that the Israelites left Egypt and arrived at Mount Sinai 50 days later. Please explain where in the Torah dates are specified to corroborate his statement.

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I have always wondered where the necessary elements for the tabernacle came from during the wilderness period: the fine flour for the showbread, the fine oil for the lamps and the ingredients for the holy incense. If G-d need to provide manna and quail for His people to feed them, where did these other items for worship come from?

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There were 72 people going to Egypt. In Numbers 3:17 and 26:59 we see that Moses was Levis grand grandchild. The fourth generation. Josef is said to have been 30 years when he entered into power - Genesis 41:46 and 110 years when he died in Genesis 50:22 and saw his grand grandchildren, who probably were those who were in Exodus. In Exodus 12:40 it says that Israel’s children lived in Egypt during 430 years and it says in verse 37 that there were 600,000 men AND women and children. I can’t see they were really in Egypt during 430 years and can’t possible understand how 72 people could turn into, maybe, 1,2 million in FOUR generation - and in 430 years? How do you understand that? (I am a believing Christian who loves to read the bible.)    

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OS 285 Dear Rabbi, Hi, I am attending a community college in Daytona Beach before I go to Berkeley, and I have a couple questions concerning the angle my humanities teacher takes. He states that there was no great Exodus out of Egypt for the Jews because archaeologists could not find trash in the desert enough for the "supposed" thousands of Jews migrating out from Egypt. He also states that the Jews were not slaves in Egypt. He admits to there being a small caste of Jews that were slaves, but not on the popular belief scale. I am the only Jew in class because he asked any Hebrew to raise their hand and mine was the only one that went up, so I stand alone when I ask him and question him. If you could give me any information about this I would feel better about the subject. These are only a few of the things my teacher has said that has made me anxious and on guard. Thank you.