The formative Jewish narrative — more than the creation of the State of Israel, more than the days of creation, more even than the covenant at Sinai — is the Exodus from Egypt. Freedom FROM Egypt, to be sure, but also the freedom TO: to create a moral society in keeping with the values and truths of the burgeoning Jewish religion. The Exodus is commemorated and relived in our upcoming Sedarim, true, and recalled most frequently in our tradition.
We remember the Exodus when we recite kiddish at our dining room tables every Friday night. We remember the Exodus when we sing Mi Chamocha during every service. We also remember the Exodus when we walk into our homes and other Jewish spaces. An early precursor to the mezuzah is found in the Torah portion we read this week: “Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and to the doorposts.” (Exodus 21:22) When we continually remember the Exodus, when we embrace the accompanying responsibility, it should be enough. Dayeinu!
– Rabbi Aaron Meyer