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The Exodus from Egypt is nearly complete

The Exodus from Egypt is nearly complete

Of 18 Jews left in the nation, 12 remain in Alexandria.

The year, as we mark the season of Passover, there has been a discovery of the remains of a pyramid in Egypt that was reportedly built around the time of the Exodus:

Ahead of the Passover holiday, an unknown pyramid was discovered in Egypt, dating roughly to the time of Jews’ exodus from bondage.

A top antiquities official says an Egyptian excavation team has discovered the remains of a pyramid dating back to the 13th Dynasty, some 3700 years ago.

The head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector, Mahmoud Afifi, said in a statement Monday that the remains were located north of King Sneferu’s bent pyramid in the Dahshur royal necropolis south of Cairo.

And while that is good news for those who love ancient Egypt, there is now troubling evidence that the Exodus from Egypt is nearly complete: There are only 18 Jews left in the nation. An AFP report from Emmanuel Parisse details how handful of Egyptian Jews remain in the Arab world’s most populous country and struggle to preserve their heritage.

In downtown Cairo, a bustling street lined with old hotels and shops leads to an imposing stone building modeled after an ancient Egyptian temple: the Sha’ar Hashamayim synagogue, built around 1900.

Inside, Magda Haroun carefully unrolls Torah scrolls kept in the synagogue’s ark.

The synagogue is mostly empty these days, but Haroun, 65, remembers when its benches were filled with worshippers, including her late father Shehata Haroun, a celebrated lawyer.

Haroun carries the title of president of Cairo’s Jewish community— six elderly women including herself and her mother— and says her task is to preserve a centuries-old heritage.

Her mother Marcelle Haroun, 91, cries when she discusses her community’s fading past.

“According to the stories, Jews lived in Egypt since the pharaohs. Do you want to make centuries of history vanish?” she says.

When I was in Egypt during a 1989 dream trip through the country, I was blessed to be able to visit the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue. I recall how friendly the rabbi was, and how he kindly took my boyfriend at the time and myself (a Muslim and a Christian) on a personal tour. It was a lovely moment in time, and I am saddened that Egypt has lost so much of its dynamic population.

Now that the government is stabilized under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, workers have been busily construction the new Grand Egyptian Museum that will have a view of the pyramids of Giza. The GEM, slated to fully open in 2018, It will be the largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization, and indications are some of Egypt’s Jewish treasures will be on display.

Officially, the government now makes no distinction between Pharaonic, Islamic, Coptic and Jewish heritage, and the antiquities ministry has come up with the funds to fix the roof of Alexandria’s synagogue.

… Khaled el-Enany, told AFP that in early 2016 he set up a committee to list “all the Jewish monuments and Jewish collections that are in the synagogues.

The treasures may remain, but the people are gone. The Exodus from Egypt is essentially complete.


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Let’s not stop with the Jews. What happened to the Buddhists who built this.

Oh, I know. It’s all coming back to me now. Islam happened.

My apologies to the good people at LI, who I hope one day to share a duck blind with. You don’t ignore the persecuted regardless of religion.

We need to demand, what happened to the Buddhists?

tarheelkate | April 9, 2017 at 8:35 pm

The synagogue where the great medieval Jewish author Maimonides probably worshipped is in Old Cairo. It’s a museum. It’s not far from the church which holds one of the places where the family of Jesus stayed, by tradition, after leaving the Holy Land to escape Herod. They went there, of course, to join the Jewish community in Egypt. Sad to know Jews are almost all gone since 1948, as they have also been pushed out of all the other Arab countries.

tarheelkate | April 9, 2017 at 8:38 pm

Nor is there ever any talk of a “right of return” for these Jewish refugees from the Near East and North Africa, or any “right of return” for Hindu families pushed out of the Punjabi portion of Pakistan.

Aung San Suu Kyi doesn’t speak up for the Royhingya for a reason.

Miss Kate. What the Muslims did with the Buddhists of Afghanistan should concern us all. Ask them what Hindu Kush means. When they lie to you, tell tell them.

    tarheelkate in reply to Arminius. | April 10, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Well, of course. Did I say something to make you think I approve of destroying ancient Buddhist carvings in Afghanistan?

      Arminius in reply to tarheelkate. | April 11, 2017 at 7:51 am

      No. Perhaps I wasn’t clear. I sometimes get into debates with Muslims. And Muslims are the original crybullies. No matter what happens, it’s always somebody elses’ fault.

      Why did the Muslims assault and seize Jerusalem in 637? Because of the first Crusade launched in 1095.

      Let that sink in for a moment. It actually makes sense to a great many Muslims. Oh, and the inquisition.

      Why was there a Battle of Tours in freaking France in 732 if we attacked them?

      Bringing up India throws them off their game.

      Muslims killed an widely accepted estimate of 50 to 70 million Indians between 1000 and 1500 A.D. and some scholars say it could be as high as 120 million. Muslim generals would compete to see who could pile the highest mountains of Hindu skulls

      And the Hindus fought back. Valiantly.

      “Sanatan Shastarvidiya – Tulwar Part 1 of 3 (swordmanship)”

      I look forward to celebrating the anniversary of the Battle of Saragarhi this September.

      I hope you have already reserved your tree.

      So, no it wasn’t anything you said.

      Arminius in reply to tarheelkate. | April 11, 2017 at 8:03 am

      “…The defenders of Saragarhi under the indomitable and inspiring leadership of their detachment commander, Havildar Ishar Singh, resolved to defend their post in the best tradition of their race and regiment. They were not there to hand over the post to the enemy and seek safety elsewhere. Havildar Singh and his men knew well that the post would fall, because a handful of men in that make-shift fort of stones & mud walls with a wooden door could not stand the onslaught of thousands of tribesmen. These plucky men knew that they will go down but they had resolved to do so fighting to the last.

      From Fort Lockhart, troops and the Commanding Officer could count at least 14 standards and that gave an idea of the number of tribes and their massed strength against the Saragarhi relay post (estimated at between 10,000 to 12,000 tribals)…”

      21 men against ten thousand. Havildar is an Indian Army Rank equivalent to Sergeant.

      We need to ditch our alliance with the Pakistanis for these people, and we can’t do it too fast.

Sam in Texas | April 9, 2017 at 9:22 pm

“According to the stories, Jews lived in Egypt since the pharaohs. Do you want to make centuries of history vanish?” she says.

Muslims say: Yes.

Rick the Curmudgeon | April 9, 2017 at 9:55 pm

Prediction: When the GEM is opened, muslims will demand the Jewish artifacts be removed. Also predict attempted destruction of the GEM by muslim radicals.

According to the stories, Jews lived in Egypt since the pharaohs.

Not really. 3327 years ago this Tuesday every Jew left Egypt, and it remained Judenrein until the late 5th century BCE, after Gedalia’s assassination, when the remaining Jews of Judæa, accompanied by a protesting Jeremiah, fled there. That community didn’t last long, and Egypt was once again Jewless until Alexandria became a commercial center in the 3rd century BCE. That is the community that lasted from then until Nasser came to power.

All I an say to you, Sam, is I wasn’t born in Texas.

But I got here as quick as I could.

Now, which way to the Alamo?

“…3327 years ago this Tuesday every Jew left Egypt”

Can you be a little more precise.

I need to set my watch.

Parade formation. War spread it wouldn’t look that.

Up until about 20 years ago I wouldn’t have thought it needed to be said.

Then I went through a driver’s ed school to work off a ticket with a chick who insisted she couldn’t have been going faster than 85 because the Speedo didn’t go higher.

I proudly serve as the last dinosaur who doesn’t know who Kendall Jenner is and couldn’t care less. Unless and until Kendall Jenner starts making ammo.

    Milhouse in reply to Arminius. | April 10, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I’d never heard of her until a few days ago. Had to look up whether Kendall was a male or female name.

“…Had to look up whether Kendall was a male or female name.”

Good luck with pointless that.

The .270 Winchester is not social construct.


It needed to be said.

“*The .270 Winchester is not ‘A’ social construct.”

I literally had my hand over my heart when I wrote that.

Also, America, you’ve lost that loving feeling. Just saying.

In view of terrorist attacks in Europe and Egypt and the general horror of the Middle East: To all Jews, a blessed and safe Passover. To all Christians, a blessed and safe Holy Week.

I’m reasonably certain Islam is what happened to the pyramids. Muslims mined the limestone casings to build mosques. Removing evidence of Jahiliyyah was just a bonus.