When Pharaoh's proclamation was issued, decreeing that
the men children of the Hebrews were to be cast into the
river, Amram, who was the president of the Sanhedrin, decided
that in the circumstances it was best for husbands to
live altogether separate from their wives. He set the example. He
divorced his wife, and all the men of Israel did
likewise,[27] for he occupied a place of great consideration
among his people, one reason being that he belonged to the
tribe of Levi, the tribe that was faithful to its God even in
the land of Egypt, though the other tribes wavered in their
allegiance, and attempted to ally themselves with the Egyptians,
going so far as to give up Abraham's sign of the covenant.[28]
To chastise the Hebrews for their impiety, God

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