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At the end of the story of Jacob and his son Joseph, the one with the coat, Jacob and the tribes of Israel go to live in Egypt as the guests of the Pharaoh (the leader of Egypt). However, soon the Israelites became the slaves of the Egyptians for about 400 years. Being slaves has had a big impression on the Jews. They then escaped from slavery and returned to Canaan (the land that God promised Abraham), although this took them 40 years. This story is central to the Jewish faith and is celebrated every year in the feast of Pesach or Passover.

Moses was born in Egypt during the time that the Israelites were slaves. He is a key figure in the history of the Jews. The Torah tells us that Moses' mother placed him in the reeds on the banks of the Nile when the Pharaoh ordered that all the Jewish children should be killed. Later on Moses was found by an Egyptian princess who brought him up as her own son. Moses was forced to leave the court when he killed a soldier who was mistreating a Jewish slave.

While Moses while in the desert God spoke to him out of a burning


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