Pesach is undoubtedly the most ancient, the most important and the most mysterious of all Jewish holidays. It purports to commemorate a real historical event, yet the story on which it is based is so filled with miracles and improbable happenings as to appear entirely fictional to most secular Jews. Their tendency is to treat the story of Pesach as a myth but to celebrate it anyhow because they identify with the theme of liberation from slavery which it embodies. But in my opinion it makes a big difference whether or not the Jewish people did in fact originate as a band of runaway slaves.
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