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The Passover Story as told in "The Prince of Egypt" still relevant after 3,323 years

Happy 3,323rd Birthday to People of Israel by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu in Israel National News

The Passover holiday recalls the days of slavery in Egypt under the new pharaoh and the Exodus to freedom, which is the theme of the traditional Passover Seder.

However, the freedom of the Jews also marks their birthday as a people.

It was none other than Pharaoh whose mention of the “People of Israel” is the first such Biblical reference, 3323 years ago, using calculations based on information in the Torah.  Serbian-born Eliezer Shulman, who was exiled to Siberia by the former Soviet Union in the 1930s, recently showed how he was able to calculate it.

The redemption of the Hebrew children of Israel from the Exodus from slavery outside the Promised Land is brought to life in Disney's animated "Prince of Egypt." 

First, "Deliver Us" ("Hoshia' na") shows the experience of Moses and the Jewish people's exile from Israel into slavery.

The second song, "When You Believe" ("Eem Na'amin"), shows the experience of the Almighty returning the caretakers of His law and His land to their guardianship of the Promised Land.

The Prince of Egypt's composer, Stephen Schwartz, delivers perhaps the most important message through the song "Through Heaven's Eyes":

"How can you see what your life is worth or where your value lies? You can never see with through the eyes of Man - you must look at your life - look at your life through Heaven's eyes. . . ."

"How do you measure the worth of a man in wealth or strength or size? In how much he gained or how much he gave? The answer will come to him who tries to look at his life through Heaven's eyes. . . ."

"How do you judge what a man is worth by what he builds or buys? You can never see with your eyes on Earth - look through Heaven's eyes. Look at your life - through Heaven's eyes!"

The 28 different languages that "The Prince of Egypt" soundtrack was recorded in (for distribution in 50 countries) is testament to the universality of the story of the Jewish children of Israel and our G-d.

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