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ZionTimes Torah Archive Torah Archive - Parashas Pesach — First Day ZionTimes Torah Archive

Shemos/Exodus  12:21 - 51

Chapter 12

21 Moses called to all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Draw forth or buy for yourselves one of the flock for your families, and slaughter the pesach-offering.  22 You shall take a bundle of hyssop and dip it into the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with some of the blood that is in the basin, and as for you, you shall not leave the entrance of the house until morning.  23 Hashem will pass through to smite Egypt, and He will see the blood that is on the lintel and the two doorposts; and Hashem will pass over the entrance and He will not permit the destroyer to enter your homes to smite.  24 You shall observe this matter as a decree for yourself and for your children forever.

25 "It shall be that when you come to the land that Hashem will give you, as He has spoken, you shall observe this service.  26 And it shall be that when your children say to you, 'What is this service to you?'  27 You shall say, 'It is a pesach feast-offering to Hashem, Who passed over the houses of the Children of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but He saved our households,' " and the people bowed their heads and prostrated themselves.  28 The Children of Israel went and did as Hashem commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they do.

29 It was at midnight that Hashem smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh sitting on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and every firstborn animal.  30 Pharaoh rose up at midnight, he and all his servants and all Egypt, and there was a great outcry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was no corpse.  31 He called to Moses and Aaron at night and said, "Rise up, go out from among my people, even you, even the Children of Israel; go and serve Hashem as you have spoken.

32 Take even your sheep and even your cattle, as you have spoken, and go — and bless me, as well!"

33 Egypt imposed itself strongly upon the people to hasten to send them out of the land, for they said, "We are all dying!"

34 The people picked up its dough before it could become leavened, their leftovers bound up in their garments upon their shoulders.  35 The Children of Israel carried out the word of Moses; they requested from the Egyptians silver vessels, gold vessels, and garments.  36 Hashem gave the people favor in the eyes of the Egyptians and they granted their request — so they emptied Egypt.

37 The Children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, aside from children.  38 Also a mixed multitude went up with them, and flock and cattle, very much livestock.  39 They baked the dough that they took out of Egypt into unleavened cakes, for they could not be leavened, for they were driven from Egypt for they could not delay, nor had they made provisions for themselves.  40 The habitation of the Children of Israel during which they dwelled in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years.  41 It was at the end of four hundred and thirty years, and it was on that very day that all the legions of Hashem left the land of Egypt.  42 It is a night of anticipation for Hashem to take them out of the land of Egypt, this was the night for Hashem; a protection for all the Children of Israel for their generations.

43 Hashem said to Moses and Aaron, "This is the decree of the pesach-offering - no alienated person may eat from it.  44 Every slave of a man, who was bought for money, you shall circumcise him; then he may eat of it.  45 A sojourner and a hired laborer may not eat it.  46 In one house shall it be eaten; you shall not remove any of the meat from the house to the outside, and you shall not break a bone in it.  47 The entire assembly of Israel shall perform it.

48 "When a proselyte sojourns among you he shall make the pesach-offering for Hashem; each of his males shall be circumcised, and then he may draw near to perform it and he shall be like the native of the land; no uncircumcised male may eat of it.  49 One law shall there be for the native and the proselyte who lives among you."  50 All the Children of Israel did as Hashem had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they do.

51 It happened on that very day - Hashem took the Children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, in their legions.


Haftaras Pesach — First Day

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