In kiddush on Friday night we say that Shabbos is zeicher l’yitzias Mitzraim, a remembance of our going out of Egypt. In what way is Shabbos supposed to remind us of Yetzias Mitzraim?
Shabbos shows that Hashem chose us to be His people. We, the Am Yisroel,were chosen to be the people who testify to the truth of ma’aseh bereishis by keeping Shabbos. “Atem Eidai,” Hashem said. We are His witnesses in this world who testify to the truth of His existence and to His creation of the world from nothing. That’s our job in this world, to never back down from testifying to Hashem’s creation of this world from nothing. And the most fundamental way we testify to that truth is by keeping Shabbos.
Now when were we chosen for this job? We were chosen in Mitzraim. At Yetzias Mitzraim Hashem chose us. שלח את בני – “Send out My son,” Hashem said. That’s the first time Hashem said that. It was at Yetzias Mitzraim that Hashem called the Am Yisroel “My son.” He chose us in Mitzraim. And he chose us for what? שלח את בני ויעבדוני – “Send out my nation so that they should serve me.” So it was at Yetzias Mitzraim, that Hashem chose us to serve Him. It says that openly. “Send them out to serve Me.” So it was at the time of Yetzias Mitzraim that we were chosen for this job – to celebrate Shabbos and thereby testify to the briyah yesh mei’ayin and to the chesed Hashem and chochmas Hashem that is so evident in the ma’aseh bereishis. And that’s one of the reasons why we mention Yetzias Mitzrayim in kiddush Friday night.
TAPE # E-229 (October 2000)