As Passover 2023 continues, Jewish faith leaders are examining its timeless lessons and applying them to issues all Americans deal with today.
The story of Passover, culminating in the liberation of the Jewish nation and the destruction of Egypt, begins with a deceptively simple line: “A new king rose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph,” Rabbi Yaakov Menken, managing director of the Coalition for Jewish values in Baltimore, Maryland, told Fox News Digital, referencing Exodus 1:8.
“If we unravel the meaning of this cryptic statement, we learn that this account offers a prescient warning for America today,” Menken said.
“Joseph, per the biblical account, was the prophetic and economic genius who saved Egypt, he continued.
Joseph understood Pharoah’s dreams, saw that “years of plenty would be followed by famine,” and showed Pharoah the path forward: to “collect surplus grain throughout the years of plenty, and sell that scarce resource during the famine,” he noted.