A brief overview of the history of Jewish life in Egypt. After looking briefly at the Exodus itself, we look at some major population centers in Elephantine, Alexandria, and Cairo, to the present day. To avoid any possible confusion: this lecture does not argue for continuity between the Jewish population described in the account of the Exodus and the communities that appear in the historical record in the centuries before the Common Era. Lecture delivered to Montefiore College, London, on March 15, 2021.
Brief d’var Torah on the third plague: lice. Part of a team-taught series from the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst. To see the full playlist of congregant-generated content on the Ten Plagues, click here.