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    Who is the redeemer?

    When Israel were in Egypt they yearned for redemption. God heard their cries and freed them from their taskmasters.

    Slavery in Egypt, from a Dutch bible, 1728

    Slavery in Egypt, from a Dutch bible, 1728

    So God is their Redeemer, but what about Moses? Who redeemed them – God or Moses?

    The truth is, “both of them”. If the Israelites wanted to be redeemed by a Divine miracle they got one – their leader Moses.

    In 1948 when Israel’s survival was menaced by the surrounding nations, David Ben Gurion asked Chief Rabbi Herzog, “Rabbi, why doesn’t God send a miracle?” Rav Herzog replied, “He did, and it’s you!”

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