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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 1 - The 248 Positive Commandments of the Tora

157 - RECOUNTING THE DEPARTURE FROM EGYPT


Exodus 13:8 -- “And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, 'This is done because of what the LORD did for me when I came up from Egypt.’”
Exodus 13:14 -- “So it shall be, when your son asks you in time to come, saying, 'What is this?' that you shall say to him, 'By strength of hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”

The sages said, “All those who discourse at length on the departure from Egypt are accounted praiseworthy.”

The Mishnah says: “In every generation a man is bound to regard himself as though he personally had gone forth from Egypt.”*

* Pes. 116b

According to the sages, one should begin the account of the Exodus with the distant origins of Israel, enlarging upon his humble circumstances at the time of his utter degradation, when his ancestors were wholly given over to idolatry, continue the account with the difficulties that beset his subsequent development, recounting in full detail his descent into Egypt, the hardships he endured, his enslavement and his redemption, and conclude with the account of Israel’s acceptance of the Torah, thus enlarging fully upon his final glory and election.*

* Pes. 116a

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