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Moses is the most important prophet in the Jewish tradition. The biblical account holds that he was born in Egypt as a member of the large Hebrew community of slaves. When the pharaoh ordered that all newborn male Hebrews be killed, Moses’ mother set him adrift on a small craft on the Nile. The royal family found him and raised him as their own. As an adult, Moses killed an Egyptian slave-master and fled across the Sinai, where he witnessed the miracle of a burning bush that would not be consumed, from which God instructed him to return to Egypt and free the Hebrews. When the Pharaoh refused Moses’ request, God unleashed ten plagues upon Egypt. Moses led his people out of Egypt and across the Red Sea to Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments. He continued to lead the Hebrews through the desert in search of the land God had promised to them but died before reaching the Land of Israel.