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Redemption and Jewish Pride
Our names, language and clothing are the keys to Jewish survival.
The Midrash attaches great importance to three merits of the Jewish people in Egypt: not adopting Egyptian names, language, or Jewish custom of dressso they always knew and remembered that they are the children of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sara, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.
Integrating the Physical
In the Future, the physical itself will reveal spiritual truth.
When Moses left Midian at G-d's directive to go to Egypt, the verse states, "Moses took his wife and children and placed them on the donkey". Involvement with a donkey is often an analogy for interaction with the physical world.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe gave directives how to overcome the seeming contradiction between being in a physical world and living a life consistent with spiritual values.
The Prophetess of Redemption
The Israelites were redeemed from Egypt in the merit of the righteous women of the generation.
During their sojourns in the wilderness, the Jewish people were granted a mobile well in Miriam's merit. Water - the most crucial of their needs - was in her merit since it was entirely to Miriam's credit that the Jews continued to procreate in Egypt in spite of Pharaoh's decrees.
210 Years, Hard Labor
The Jewish People needed to descend to Egypt to redeem the lost aspects of Torah found there
The struggle of each of the Israelites in Egypt was designed according to his specific soul and was meant to redeem that particular detail of Torah that was connected to him. This process went on until all of the letters of the Torah were redeemed from the depth of the kelipa
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