Praising the Exodus from Egypt

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178) “And the people took their dough.” This commandment is to remove the leaven. This commandment was given to them, to Israel, “And the people took their dough before it was leavened.” It is written, “There will be no leaven found in your houses.” We explained the meaning of leaven and Matza of the exodus from Egypt, that they are the evil inclination and the good inclination.

179) The commandment that follows is to speak in the praise of the exodus from Egypt, which is mandatory for man for all time. Every man who tells the story of the exodus from Egypt and delights in that story will rejoice with Divinity (which is joy from all sides) in the next world. This is a man who is delighted with his master, and the Creator is delighted with that story of his.

180) When the Creator brings his company together and tells them, “Go and listen to the story of My praise, which my children tell, and rejoice in My redemption,” they all come and gather and bond with Israel, and listen to the story of the praise, that they are happy with the delight of redemption from their master, and come and thank the Creator for these miracles and mighty deeds, and thank Him for the holy nation that He has in the land. And they are happy with the joy of redemption of their Lord.

181) Then more power and might is added to him above. And with that story, Israel give strength to their Master, like a king who is given further power and might when his strength is praised and he is thanked, and all fear him and his honor rises above all. For this reason, this story and praise must be told. Similarly, man must always speak before the Creator and publicize the miracle with all those miracles that He had done.

182) But why is it a must to speak of the miracles? After all, the Creator knows everything—what came before and what will come after. So why the publication before Him of what He had done and knew? Indeed, man must make the miracle known and speak before Him of all that He had done because these words rise and the whole of the household of above gathers and sees them and thanks the Creator, and His honor rises in their eyes above and below.

183) This is akin to one who tells, and details his sins and all that he had done. Why does he need it? It is because the slanderer always stands before the Creator to tell and demand for people’s transgressions, and to demand judgment for them. And when a person comes first and details each of his sins, he does not give room for that slanderer to come and demand judgment for them. This is because he always demands judgment first, and then tells and accuses—person so and so did that. This is why man should come before him and detail his sins.

184) When the slanderer sees that, he has nothing to say about him and he completely departs from him. If he repents, good. And if not, then the slander is above him and says, “This person, who came before You and confessed with insolence, rejected his Master; his sins are this and that. Hence, one should be careful with all those so he will be found to be a loyal servant before the Creator.

185) The commandment that follows is to eat Matza on Passover, since it is a memory of the faith for all generations. This is so because at that time, Israel departed the other gods and came into the faith.

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