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Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 8:54 am

In the Friday night Kiddush we recite at the Shabbat table every week, there is a phrase that is puzzling at best, nonsensical at worst: “Blessed are You … Who has sanctified us ... gave us His holy Sabbath … a remembrance of creation.” So far, so good. Observance of the Sabbath is a reenactment of creation, where the Creator worked on the world for six days and rested on the seventh. We, too, work for six days and rest on the seventh — a remembrance of creation. But then we continue, “For that day is … a memorial of the Exodus from Egypt.”

There is no doubt that the Exodus is an important event in our national history; it is the moment of our liberation from Egyptian slavery and the moment we became an independent nation. The closest parallel we have in modern-day history is the formation of the Zionistic state. We were no longer living under the rule of foreign masters, subject to the whims of other men — we now had freedom, independence and an identity of our own. It is, without question, an event worthy of having a remembrance of.

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