I am writing this two days before Passover and although it will be just before Yom Ha’Atzmaut by the time you read it, I cannot seem to get my mind off of Passover and, specifically, our Exodus from Egypt.
I am thinking about the idea that the Jewish people left Egypt in “haste.” It seems very clear that God intended for them to leave in a hurried fashion. In fact, the Jewish people were commanded to eat the Pesach offering “with their loins girded, their shoes on their feet, and their staff in their hand,” completely prepared for the trip out of Egypt, so that the moment they were told to leave, they could do so. It seems as if there was concern that if they would not leave in haste, they would have second thoughts, they would conclude that “Egypt is not so bad,” and they would not take that daunting step into the wilderness to realize their national destiny. [Read more…]