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I, Too, Went Out of Egypt!

Avigail Sharer

On Pesach, we are told that every person must feel as if “he too went out of Mitzrayim.” For Mrs. Bella Sharer, this is not a difficult feat since she actually left Egypt for good when she was nine years old! Mishpacha Junior speaks with Mrs. Sharer about growing up in Egypt and leaving the country.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mishpacha Junior: What was it like growing up in Egypt?

Mrs. Bella Sharer: I had a very happy childhood. I grew up in luxury with my family and extended family around me. I attended an exclusive, girls-only Lycee Francais, a French-speaking school. On Sundays we went to Hebrew school. In fact, I am fluent in five languages: Arabic, French, Hebrew, English, and Yiddish.


MJ: Did you ever see the pyramids?

BS: We used to take family trips to the pyramids, a 45-minute drive from our home. My father would hold me high above his head until, with the tips of my fingers, I found a groove in the huge stone. I hefted myself up, scrambled on, and looked down, triumphant. I had made it! I was standing on the very first stone of the Egyptian pyramids. I looked around and could see the Arab teenagers racing each other up the stones. They charged tourists quite a sum to perform this feat, and the money jangled in their pockets as they climbed.


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