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In the Haggadah, the book that is read and followed throughout the Passover seder, it states that if G d had not taken the Jews out of Egypt when He did, then they would still be slaves to Pharoah today. This is buy canada goose uk a remarkable statement, for the empire of the Pharoahs is a thing of ancient history. Surely at some point in the millenia that have passed since then, the situation would have changed such is the nature of the currents of history. Why canada goose outlet uk sale would the haggadah make such a counterintuitive statement?

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