A seemingly technical debate about until when one can eat the Pesach meat reflects different views of the Exodus experience. Is it a story of a frightened and exhausted nation rushing out at the first chance? Or a drama of a tribe of former slaves marching out proudly in broad daylight to demonstrate God’s superiority over the gods of Egypt?
Rabbi Joshua Cahan received his Ph.D. in Rabbinic Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He teaches rabbinics at the Schechter High School of Westchester. Previously he was the founder and director of the Northwoods Kollel Talmud program at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and Director of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Beit Midrash study center. In 2009 Rabbi Cahan published Yedid Nefesh, a traditional, egalitarian bencher (book of sabbath songs & blessings) with commentary.