Long ago, our ancestors were slaves in Egypt. They worked hard building pyramids and storehouses for pharaoh. They cried out to God to save them. Pharaoh worried that there were too many Hebrews and that one day they would rise up and defeat him, so he ordered that all the male Hebrew babies be killed. He called the Hebrew midwives to tell them they should kill the Hebrew baby boys, but the midwives Shifrah and Puah did not obey Pharaoh.