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The Emergence of the Jews as a People - Pesach 5777

The Emergence of the Jews as a People Pesach 5777 By Aryeh Green[Written for the Jerusalem Post Pesach Magazine 14 Nissan 5777, 10 April '17]
Hiking Shvil Yisrael, the Israel National Trail, a 600-mile trek through the length and breadth of the country, offers a bit of a different perspective on things.  On life, on the challenges facing us in our little country… and on our history as a people.
Trudging through the desert on one of the first days of the journey, a few weeks before Pesach, I was struck by the incredibly powerful connection I felt with my people, our history, and our land.  Like the Children of Israel wandering through the desert after the Exodus, I was experiencing an exhilarating sense of freedom, taking control of my destiny after a period of intense personal hardship.
Later on, in the North of the country, camping in the forest of Tzipori, where 2000 years ago a vibrant community of 30,000 Jews lived and worked and prospered, with Seder night looming, I reflected on …