Happy Passover, the time of year when scientists scientifically explain the ten plagues, the burning bush, the parting of the Red Sea, etc.

Uh-huh. Fascinating. Pass the tsimmes.

What’s the point? I don’t think any faithful Jews are going to say “it was all done with mirrors? Well then, gimme that razor!” Conversely, skeptical atheists aren’t going to say “wow, that scientific explanation shows the hand of God after all!”

Ultimately, the exodus story is a post facto explanation of contemporary laws and traditions. It should’t matter, to the faithful or anyone else, if the events actually happened or if the story as narrated includes metaphor and exaggeration. It’s not about the details, it’s about the moral and ethical lessons.

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