The Exodus from Egypt
Thus the children of Israel were liberated from the yoke of their oppressors
on the fifteenth day of Nissan in the year 2448 after the creation of the world.
There were 600,000 men over 20 years of age, with their wives and children, and
flocks, crossing the border of Egypt that day a free
nation. Many Egyptians and other non-Israelites joined the triumphant children
of Israel, hoping to share their glorious future.
The children of Israel did not
leave Egypt destitute. In addition to their own possessions, the terrified
Egyptians had bestowed upon them gifts of gold and silver, and clothing, in an
effort to hasten their departure. Thus G-d made His promise to Abraham, that his
descendants would leave their exile with great riches, come true in every
Leading the Jewish people on their journey during the day
was a pillar of cloud, and at night there was a pillar of fire, giving them
light. These Divine messengers not only guided the children of Israel on their
way, but also cleared the way before them, making it both easy and safe.