The Exodus Story


A long time ago the Jews were slaves in Egypt. Pharaoh made them build pyramids. He decreed that all baby boys born to Jewish parents would be killed. So Moses’s parents Jochebed and Amram sent Moses in a basket down the Nile River with his sister Miriam watching the basket containing her brother. The basket floated to where the daughter of Pharaoh was. She kept the child, called him her own and raised him in the palace. One day Moses was walking through the fields where the Israelite men were working and he saw an Egyptian servant whip a Hebrew man. Moses struck the Egyptian and killed him. Then Moses ran out to the desert. There he found a burning bush that is not being consumed by the fire. God spoke through the bush to Moses. God told Moses to go tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. So, Moses went to Pharaoh and told him to let the Israelites go.

Pharaoh refused, so God created the ten plagues. After the first three or so, Moses went to him and asked again. Pharaoh refused, so God created three or so more plagues. After that, Moses went again, and of course, Pharaoh refused. After the tenth plague Moses and his brother fearlessly went past the guard men and wild animals that surrounded his chamber. Moses went to Pharaoh and said “Let my people go.” Pharaoh finally decided to free the children of Israel from slavery. All of Israel packed up their belongings and left Egypt. Again Pharaoh changed his mind and went after the Israelites. God sent a barricade of smoke and fire that blocked the Egyptians from gaining on Moses and his people. Then Moses parted the Red Sea and allowed the Jews to pass through to the other side. The blockade retreated when the Jews were safely through the sea. Pharaoh and his men went after the crossing people and were drowned by the closing of the water. The Israelites were then freed from being enslaved in Egypt.

haggadah Section: -- Exodus Story