Sorry to keep you in suspense for all that time.
The Jewish People actually do leave Egypt!
… The Exodus from Egypt.
It’s right up there with the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.
And so much of Jewish ritual is meant to remind us of it.
We mention it every day in our prayers. In the Friday night Kiddush over wine.
And we relive it every year at the Passover Seder.
… The Exodus is also right up there with the Creation of the universe!
What comes to mind when we think Exodus?
The ten plagues.
How G-d intervened to free the Jewish people from slavery.
… We find the number ten in the Creation story.
G-d created the world with “ten utterances.”
Each stage of Creation began with G-d saying “Let there be…”
… The Exodus from Egypt was the second stage of Creation.
First G-d created the world.
But there was something missing. Something very crucial.
We needed to see that G-d did not leave the world on “auto pilot”!
But that He is involved in the world.
The ten plagues show us that He is.
… The Jews go on to Mount Sinai to receive the Torah.
And we find the number ten again.
The Ten Commandments.
The finishing touch to creation!
Where G-d tells us that he is not only involved in the world.
He cares about what kind of world it is. And about how we live our lives.
And that being good is not a matter of opinion.
But there are absolute rights and wrongs.
In our relationship with G-d. And with other people.
… It’s great to be back!
All the best,