3200 years ago, says the Torah, “a new king rose over the land.” This king, this Pharaoh, does not know the Israelites.
This king, this Pharaoh, looks around his new kingdom and sees something he does not like: People who look different from him. People who speak a different language. People with different names. People who dress differently than he does.
This king looks around: There are too many of them, he says. They might be disloyal, he says. Sometimes, the parasha is just spot on.