Lessons for Tuesday, 20 Iyar, 5771

Positive Commandment 157 (Digest)

Recounting the Story of the Exodus

“And you shall relate to your son on that day”—Exodus 13:8.

We are commanded to recount the story of the Exodus from Egypt – each person to the best of his ability – on the eve of the fifteenth of Nissan, the first night of Passover. The more one elaborates on the story – explaining how the Egyptians tormented us, how G‑d severely punished them for their evil, and expressing gratitude to G‑d for all the kindness He bestowed upon us – the more praiseworthy is the person.

If one has no children to whom to relate the story, he should relate it to whomever is in his company, or even to himself if he is alone.

Our Sages tell us: “Even if we are all wise, all intelligent, all knowledgeable in the entirety of the Torah—we are commanded to recount the story of the Exodus from Egypt.”

Text of the Haggadah


The study continues with Maimonides’ “Text of the Passover Haggadah.” (The Daily Mitzvah schedule runs parallel to the daily study of three chapters of Maimonides’ 14-volume code. This is what is being studied today according to the three-chapter-a-day-schedule.)

Positive Commandment 170 (Digest)

Hearing the Shofar

“It shall be a day of blowing the shofar for you”—Numbers 29:1.

We are commanded to hear the blast of the shofar (ram’s horn) on the first of Tishrei, Rosh Hashanah. Women are exempt from this mitzvah.


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