Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

In the Crucible of Egypt

C. S. Teitelbaum

The British Museum’s collection of Egyptian artifacts is second only to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. With this magnificent display as his background, Rabbi Arye Forta tells the story of our ancestors who lived in Mitzrayim.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

British-bornRabbiAryeForta has been giving his Tanach Tour for more than seven years and with Pesach approaching, the timing of our tour couldn’t be more appropriate. Of course, we won’t be able to see all the 100,000 objects relating to ancient Egypt, let alone the other seven million objects the museum owns. Only 5 percent of the collection is on display in the public galleries; the remainder is kept under lock and key, with the organic remains under strictly controlled temperature and humidity conditions. Yet there is still plenty to see during our visit to the museum’s Egyptian galleries, whose prized possession is the Rosetta Stone, a second-century BCE stele that helped the world decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics. AndRabbiForta — who has taught Biblical Hebrew, Tanach, and ancient Jewish history during a career that spans more than five decades — is a natural storyteller whose enthusiasm for the tour’s topic shows. But how did he make the leap from Tanach and Jewish history to becoming an expert in ancient Egyptian history as well?

To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha or sign up for a weekly subscription

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

The Fortunes of War
Rabbi Moshe Grylak We’re still feeling the fallout of the First World War
Some Lessons, But Few Portents
Yonoson Rosenblum What the midterms tell us about 2020
Vote of Confidence
Eyan Kobre Why I tuned in to the liberal radio station
5 out of 10
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin Top 5 Moments of the Kinus
Day in the Life
Rachel Bachrach Chaim White of KC Kosher Co-op
When Less is More
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman How a good edit enhances a manuscript
It’s My Job
Jacob L. Freedman “Will you force me to take meds?”
They’re Still Playing My Song?
Riki Goldstein Yitzy Bald’s Yerav Na
Yisroel Werdyger Can’t Stop Singing
Riki Goldstein Ahrele Samet’s Loi Luni
Double Chords of Hope
Riki Goldstein You never know how far your music can go
Will Dedi Have the Last Laugh?
Dovid N. Golding Dedi and Ding go way back
Battle of the Budge
Faigy Peritzman Using stubbornness to grow in ruchniyus
The Challenging Child
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Strategies for raising the difficult child
Bucking the Trend
Sara Eisemann If I skip sem, will I get a good shidduch?
The Musician: Part 1
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer "If she can't read she'll be handicapped for life!"