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Unformatted text preview: r of that rebuke and in recognition that all human being are made in God's image as
we learn from the Bible that Adam and Eve were the first human beings. Therefore, all mankind with
no exception is descended from them. To remind us that all men are interrelated and from one family
we, on the very festival that celebrates our redemption and our birth as a nation, mute our joy so as to
speak in awe of the Creators concern for all his creatures and sing the shorter version of the Hallel.
Nevertheless, as the first day is a festival, and the destruction of the Egyptian army took
place on the seventh day of our going out of Egypt, on the first day (two days outside Israel) we sing
with fervour the complete Hallel. The custom in Israel is also to sing the Hallel on the first night in the
synagogue after the evening service. It is of course also said at this point during the Seder but without
the preceding and ending blessings.
We also learn a lesson from God’s adjuration “why cry unto Me, speak to the Children of
Israel that they go forward” (Ex. Ch. 14 V. 15) Although we must trust in God, we must also at times
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