Why did Pharaoh decree that the Jewish slaves would have to collect their own straw to make bricks, whilst maintaining their previous work quota; why didn’t Pharaoh just double their quota? Not only would the Jews be working harder but he could have also benefited from the increase of production. Pharaoh understood that nothing destroys a person’s spirit as seeing no purpose to his activity. This kind of work is similar to the prisoner in a Soviet labour camp, who for ten years he was placed in a room and was forced to turn a lever which protruded from the wall. Every day he would turn the lever which would operate a flour mill on the other side of the wall. When the day came for his release, he discovered that the handle on the other side of the wall was connected to nothing. The realisation that he had laboured in vain was more crushing than the ten years of imprisonment.

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