Joseph and his children had arrived in Egypt to be close to Joseph ;he was second in command to King Pharaoh. Jacob and his children were settled in the city of Goshen.The children of Israel are accorded honour and respect but after the passing of Joseph.
Moses is appointed leader
The Egyptians' way of dealing with their Jewish Problems is to enslave the Jews.They were forced to into backbreaking labor.Compelled to build cities of treasure houses for pharaoh.But still, the jews continue to multiply, to pharaoh's eyes at an ever frightening pace.
The 10 plagues
Jocheved, the wife of Levite Amran, gives birth to a boy.Because he is born 3 months early, she is able to conceal him for that amount of time.When she can no longer hide him, she puts him in a basket in the river nile.Then Pharaoh's daughter sees him and takes him.
As a young man, Moses leaves the palace and discovers the hardship of his brethren.He sees an Egyptian beating a Hebrew and kills the Egyptian.The next day he sees two jews fighting; when he admonishes them, they reveal his deed of the previous day, and Moses is forced to flee to Midian.
Moses and Aaron repeatedly come before Pharaoh to demand in the name of G-d,''let my people goes that they may serve me in the wilderness.'' Pharaoh repeatedly refuses.Aaron's staff turns into a snake and swallows the magic sticks of the Egyptian sorcery. Pharaoh still refuses to let the Jews go.
The children of Israel are commanded to observe the anniversary of the Exodus each year by removing all leaven from their possession for seven days, eating matzah, and telling the story of their redemption to their children. Soon after allowing the children of Israel to depart from Egypt, Pharoah chases after them to force their return, and the Israelites find themselves trapped between Pharaoh's armies and the sea.