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Parashat B'shalach (February 4, 2012)
by Rabbinic Intern Hannah Goldstein

IN EXODUS 13:3, Moses said to the people of Israel, “Remember this day, on which you went free from Egypt, the house of bondage, how the Lord freed you from it with a mighty hand.” We retell the story each year during the Passover seder: The Israelites quickly gathered their belongings. They did not even have time for their bread to rise, and so today we eat unleavened bread as we recall their hasty departure. After two centuries, God brought the Israelites out of slavery. And each year, we continue to mark this critical moment in our Jewish story with songs and stories, celebrating as if we ourselves made the transition from slavery to freedom.

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