Born in Exile: Why? Because of a pattern of hatred ….
….As the Jews left Egypt in the year 2448 (1312 BCE), they emerged from slavery as a people. Forty years later they entered the land of Canaan. In doing so, they somehow defied a historical law of nation building. Independent of differences among anthropologists and historians about the exact definition of a nation, it stands to reason that any group of like-minded individuals wishing to form a nation can only do so if they first live together in some common territory; whatever other characteristics are shared by those individuals (culture, language, values, physical traits, ethnicity, genetics), shared occupancy of their land or territory is also required for them to evolve into a nation. History shows that a nation cannot come into existence if its citizens are dispersed or nomads with no fixed address. The Jews were an exception to this rule because they were not on their land when they became a people; they were exiled in Egypt. How did that occur? Because of the existence of a pattern of hatred among Jews that lasted several generations……