Ah yes, the Jewish people. We've been a people without a country ever since 70 CE when the Romans burned down our 2nd Temple, Solomon having built the first that was so damaged by Nebuadnezzar, the Babylonian in 586 ///BCE, in Jerusalem. We had started off as a family of 70 and our servants in the town of Ur, now found in Iraq, and we were very fertile. We grew and grew and were added to by other slaves held in Egypt that worked with us. Moses made us a people which we happily agreed with.
Moses had used all the convincing techniques he had up his sleeves to get the Pharaoh to allow this people to exit out of Egypt. 400 years was enough. Times had changed. This Pharaoh was in agreement. He remembered Moses.
|Today's journey between Egypt and Jordan|
|A Sukkah, built as it was 3500 years ago.|
It was then that the Revelation was revealed to the people, Israel. It's when Moses came down the mountain with the 10 commandments given to him by G-d. These very same commandments were to become the moral bedrock for much of Western civilization.
Moses survived the 40 year trek but died just outside of Canaan, so he never saw the land of his fathers. He died in an unknown spot so as not to ever to be worshipped-(G-d forbid) as a god. He was a man who listened to his moral compass; his G-d.
The end of our role play to remember those days is done in a Sukkah below is a large community-sized sukkah which perhaps a synagogue has built it for its congregants to perform the mitzvah of eating in one as our forefathers did. Woven mats carried could be the answer for clean flooring, and sleeping. I'm sure our forefathers didn't have tables or chairs but sat on cushions on the mats. I hope cushions were invented there by then.
Resource: Tanakh (Old Testament)
To Be a Jew-by Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin