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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Vayigash: Sforno - Hashem Tells Yaakov That Mitzrayim Is A Very Safe Place
The numbers show that more Jews were wiped out in the past few decades in America than were brutally murdered by the Nazis in Germany.  How?  Through assimilation. 

Hashem tells Yaakov, "Al Tira Meirda Mitzrayim Ki LiGoy Gadol Asimcha Sham;  Do not be afraid to go to Mitzrayim because I will make you into a great nation there." (Vayigash 46:3)  If it was the bitter galus that Yaakov was afraid of, then what was Hashem's answer to him?  How will becoming a great nation take away the pain of the galus.  It will just mean more suffering for more people.

The Sforno says in this pasuk that Yaakov was afraid about the future of Klal Yisrael.  How will they survive through the torment?  Hashem answers him that Mitzrayim is the place where Bnei Yisrael can thrive and become a nation.  If they remain in Eretz Kna'an they will ultimately intermarry with the natives of the land and disappear.  However, as the Torah tells us in Parshas Mikeitz (43:32), that the Mitzrim despised the Jews and wouldn't eat or intermingle with them.  Because of this isolation Klal Yisrael will maintain their unique identity and grow into a great nation.

"This hatred has kept Yisrael alive throughout the ages," says Rav Moshe Shternbuch.  The murder, the hate, the libels and pogroms were the force that stood behind us.  In a world of relative freedom for a Jew, and a willingness to socialize and even intermarry with the Jews, we face the greatest threat to our entire existence.  And sadly we are losing the battle.  When shunted and made to feel like a stranger in a strange land, smile and remember the battle cry, "Al Tira Meirda Mitzrayim Ki LiGoy Gadol Asimcha Sham!"
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