Reasons for Being Slaves in Egypt

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A student came to me the other day with the following question in reference to Genesis 15:13: “Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them 400 years.”

The young man has become very interested in Judaism and is trying very hard to understand. Perhaps you would be willing to send me an opinion on this passage?

He was very disturbed by it, commenting that he could not understand how God would willingly allow his people to be enslaved for 400 years. I would very much appreciate an answer from one of your rabbis on this. Many thanks.

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