As nightfall descends upon us today, the Children of Abraham gather in their homes and commemorate an exodus from bondage that occurred several millennia ago – so far in the past that the only detailed record of it remains in the Pentateuch – the five books of Torah that form the foundation of what Christians call the Old Testament.
He who said to Moses “I am that I am” called forth his chosen ones from a pagan land so that he might lead them to the land he promised them – to what we now call Israel.
Tonight that exodus is celebrated and remembered.
In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month between the two evenings is the Lord’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord; seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work. And ye shall bring an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days; in the seventh day is a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work. (Leviticus 23:5)
Next year in Jerusalem!