The mitzvahs of Pesach are briefly reviewed, and Moshe tells the Jewish People that the reason for abstaining from chametz and eating matzah is because our Exodus from Egypt was accomplished in great haste, “so that you may remember the day of your departure from the land of Egypt all the days of your life.”
The aspect of haste was not circumstantial. It was directed by
All this is so that we will remember the day of redemption as the starting point for all future thoughts and actions. We did not become our own masters, but rather we passed from the oppression of human violence into
The verse clearly spells out the daily nature of the obligation — “all the days of your life.” From the superfluous word “all,” our Sages learn that the mitzvah applies not only during the day but also at night. Even though the Torah explicitly tells us that the redemption was already accomplished at night, there is a need for a special proof that the remembrance is also to occur at night. This mitzvah, then, pertains primarily to the daytime — a feature that is of great importance to understanding it.
The redemption from Egypt supplied the foundation for two aspects that comprise the subtance of our lives: our historical life and our active life. Throughout our history we learned to trust in
One might think that the main teaching of the redemption is trust in
- Sources: Commentary, Devarim 16:3