Thus the Children of Israel were liberated from the yoke of their oppressors, on the fifteenth day of Nissan, in the year 2448 since the creation of the world. There were 600,000 men over 20 years of age with their wives and children, as well as their 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 detail.

Leading the Jewish people on their journey was a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night, giving them light. These Divine messengers not only guided the children of Israel on their way, but also cleared the way before them, making the journey both easy and safe.