"But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly. They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor they Egyptians worked them ruthlessly." (Exodus 1:12-14)
One of the important elements of the Passover seder dinner is charoset, a paste made of fruits and nuts that symbolizes the mortar with which the Israelites were forced to build when they were Pharaoh's slaves. And while charoset reminds us of the bitter years of slavery that God's people endured, in Israel it is also incorporated into this sweet Passover treat! Shabbat shalom, friends, and may you all have a blessed rest of Passover.