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-- Exodus Story

("וַיּוֹצִאֵנוּ יְהוָה מִמִּצְרַיִם בְּיָד חֲזָקָה וּבִזְרֹעַ נְטוּיָה וּבְמֹרָא גָּדֹל, וּבְאֹתוֹת וּבְמֹפְתִים." (המשך "מקרא ביכורים", דברים כו

"וַיּוֹצִאֵנוּ יְיָ מִמִצְרַיִם" - לֹא עַל יְדֵי מַלְאָךְ, וְלֹא עַל יְדֵי שָׂרָף, וְלֹא עַל יְדֵי שָׁלִיחַ, אֶלָּא הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא בִּכְבוֹדוֹ וּבְעַצְמוֹ, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: "וְעָבַרְתִּי בְאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם בַּלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה, וְהִכֵּיתִי כָּל בְּכוֹר בְּאֶרֶץ

מִצְרַיִם מֵאָדָם וְעַד בְּהֵמָה, וּבְכָל אֱלֹהֵי מִצְרַיִם אֶעֱשֶׂה שְׁפָטִים, אֲנִי יְיָ":

"וְעָבַרְתִּי בְאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם בַּלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה" - אֲנִי וְלֹא מַלְאָךְ

"וְהִכֵּיתִי כָּל בְכוֹר בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם" - אֲנִי וְלֹא שָׂרָף

"וּבְכָל אֱלֹהֵי מִצְרַיִם אֶעֱשֶׂה שְׁפָטִים" - אֲנִי ולֹא הַשָּׁלִיחַ

"אֲנִי יְיָ" - אֲנִי הוּא ולֹא אַחֵר.

"בְּיָד חֲזָקָה" - זוֹ הַדֶּבֶר, כְּמָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: (שמות ט ג): "הִנֵה יַד יְיָ הוֹיָה בְּמִקְנְךָ אֲשֶׁר בַּשָּׂדֶה: בַּסּוּסִים, בַּחֲמֹרִים, בַּגְּמַלִים, בַּבָּקָר וּבַצֹּאן, דֶבֶר כָּבֵד מְאֹד".

"וּבִזְרֹעַ נְטוּיָה" - זוֹ הַחֶרֶב, כְּמָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: (דברי הימים א כא טז): "וְחַרְבּוֹ שְׁלוּפָה בְּיָדוֹ, נְטוּיָה עַל יְרוּשָלַיִם".

"וּבְמֹרָא גָּדֹל" - זוֹ גִלּוּי שְׁכִינָה, כְּמָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: "אוֹ הֲנִסָּה אֱלֹהִים לָבֹא לָקַחַת לוֹ גוֹי מִקֶרֶב גּוֹי, בְּמַסֹּת, בְּאֹתֹת וּבְמוֹפְתִים וּבְמִלְחָמָה וּבְיָד חֲזָקָה וּבִזְרוֹעַ נְטוּיָה, וּבְמוֹרָאִים גְּדֹלִים, כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה לָכֶם יְיָ אֱלֹהֵיכֶם בְּמִצְרַיִם לְעֵינֶיךָ".

"וּבְאֹתוֹת" - זֶה הַמַּטֶה, כְּמָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: (שמות ד יז): "וְאֶת הַמַּטֶּה הַזֶּה תִּקַּח בְּיָדְךָ, אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲשֶׂה בּוֹ אֶת הָאֹתֹת".

נוֹהֲגִין לְהַטִיף טִפָּה מִן הַכּוֹס בַּאֲמִירַת 'דָּם, וָאֵשׁ, וְתִימְרוֹת עָשָׁן', וְכֵן בְּעֶשֶׂר הַמַכּוֹת וּבֵּדְצַ"ךְ עַדַ"שׁ בְּאַחַ"ב

"וּבְמֹפְתִים" - זֶה הַדָּם, כְּמָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: (יואל ג ג): "וְנָתַתִּי מוֹפְתִים בַּשָּׁמַיִם וּבָאָרֶץ

-- Exodus Story

“And the Eternal brought us forth from Egypt”- not by a ministering angel, not by a fiery angel, not by a messenger, but by Himself, in His glory, did the Holy One, blessed be He, as the Bible records: “And I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and I will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt from the man to beast, and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgements. It is I, the Eternal.”

“And I will pass through the land of Egypt” -- I and not a ministering angel; “and I will smite the first-born in the land of Egypt I will execute judgments” --I and not a messenger; “I the Eternal” -- I and no other.

“With a strong hand” --this refers to the cattle plague, as it is said in the Bible: “Behold, the hand of the Eternal will be against the cattle that is in the field, against the horses, the donkeys, the camels, the one and the sheep a very grievous plague.”

“And with an outstretched arm”-this refers to the sword, as the Bible states: “His sword drawn in his hand, outstretched against Jerusalem.”

“And with great terror”--this refers to the Revelation of God to Israel, as it is said: “Has any god ever tried to go and remove on nation from the midst of another nation, with trials, with signs and with wonders, and with battle, and with strong hand and outstretched arm, and with great terrors, as all that the Eternal your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?”

“And with signs”-this refers to the rod of Moses, as it is said: “And thou, Moses, shalt take in thy hand this rod where with thou shalt do the signs.”

“And wonders”- this refers to the plague of blood, as it is written in Scripture: “I will put wonders in heaven and on earth:”

-- Exodus Story

In this section of the Seder there is not a special ritual that takes places. The only thing to be done is to read the passage. 

-- Exodus Story

Vayotzianu talks about God's final actions to take the people out of the land of Egypt. He used "a strong hand" in order to smite the Egyptian first borns of the land. God personally decides to pass through the houses, instead of sending a messenger angel to take care of the work. He outstretches His arm, proving his capabilities in the position of Commander-In-Chief and instills terror unto the people. He does this to prove that no other god would be able to go to such distances in order to save a nation from oppression. He points to Moses' rod as a seeable sign of God in the land and tells the people that he will bring miracles into their lives.

-- Exodus Story

Why does the text state that The Lord took us out with a strong hand even though it was Moses who physically took the Jews out of Egypt?

The story uses personification in order to show the magnitude of The Lord's power. To say that He only used one strong hand, compared to helping us with all of His might, tells us that we cannot come close to fathoming His sheer being and power. The text attributes human characteristics to G-d, also known as anthropomorphism, in order to signify G-d's power and the magnitude of his abilities. 

The text says that The Lord took us out of Egypt with a strong hand, instead of Moses, to remind us that everything in the world happens according to his will. The Lord took us out of Egypt using Moses, His leader, as a connection to the people.

-- Exodus Story

There was a 24 hour long lockdown at the San Diego Jewish Academy. It was started when the teachers felt that every single student deserved to be disciplined. The students were locked in the gym, and the teachers planned to be keep them there during the entire school day going through the following morning. However, the principal was not involved in this decision making. He came into the gym and saw every single student sitting on the ground surrounded by all of the faculty members. He was absolutely shocked. He immediately called a mandatory staff meeting in the gym lobby. He explained to the teachers that they were not legally allowed to do what they were doing and that it was also morally wrong. The teachers refused to let the students leave the gym though. The principal stormed back into the gym and told the students to go back to class. The students got up to leave, but the teachers blocked all the exits. The principal then exclaimed, "You either let the students leave this gym or every single one of you will be fired." The teachers looked at each other and then let the gym. Apparently money is a bigger factor than principle.