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Shemos/Exodus  12:1 - 20

Chapter 12

1 Hashem said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,  2 "This month shall be for you the beginning of the months, it shall be for you the first of the months of the year.

3 "Speak to the entire assembly of Israel, saying: On the tenth of this month they shall take for themselves — each man — a lamb or kid for each father's house, a lamb or kid for the household.  4 But if the household is too small for a lamb or kid, then he and his neighbor who is near his house shall take according to the number of people; everyone according to what he eats shall be counted for the lamb or kid.  5 An unblemished lamb or kid, a male, within its first year shall it be for you; from the sheep or goats shall you take it.  6 It shall be yours for examination until the fourteenth day of this month; the entire congregation of the assembly of Israel shall slaughter it in the afternoon.  7 They shall take some of its blood and place it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they will eat it.  8 They shall eat the flesh on that night — roasted over the fire — and matzos; with bitter herbs shall they eat it.

9 "You shall not eat it partially roasted or cooked in water; only roasted over fire — its head, its legs, with its innards.  10 You shall not leave any of it until morning; any of it that is left until morning you shall burn in the fire.

11 "So shall you eat it - your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; you shall eat it in haste — it is a pesach-offering to Hashem.

12 "I shall go through Egypt on this night, and I shall strike every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from man to beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I shall mete out punishment — I am Hashem.  13 The blood shall be a sign for you upon the houses where you are; when I see the blood I shall pass over you; there shall not be a plague of destruction upon you when I strike in the land of Egypt.

14 "This day shall become a remembrance for you and you shall celebrate it as a festival for Hashem; for your generations, as an eternal decree shall you celebrate it.  15 For a seven-day period shall you eat matzos, but on the previous day you shall nullify the leaven from your homes; for anyone who eats leavened food — that soul shall be cut off from Israel, from the first day to the seventh day.

16 "On the first day shall be a holy convocation and on the seventh day shall be a holy convocation for you, no work may be done on them, except for what must be eaten for any person — only that may be done for you.

17 "You shall safeguard the matzos, for on this very day I will have taken your legions out of the land of Egypt; you shall observe this day for your generations as an eternal decree.  18 On the first day, on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening shall you eat matzos, until the twenty-first day of the month in the evening.

19 "For seven days, leaven may not be found in your houses, for anyone who eats leavening — that soul shall be cut off from the assembly of Israel, whether a convert or a native of the land.  20 You shall not eat any leavening; in all your dwellings shall you eat matzos."


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