The first of the 10 Commandments is “I am the L-rd your G-d who took you out of the land of Egypt”. This is the mitzvah to believe in G-d. The fact that this mitzvah is coupled with the Exodus from Egypt teaches us that it is this very event which is the foundation of our belief in G-d. But there is an obvious question here. If we are looking for an event in Jewish history which would be the backbone of our belief in G-d surely we would look to the very creation of the world? A person is able to achieve a deep, profound belief in G-d through seeing and contemplating His incredible creations: the intricacy of nature; the beauty of a sunset. Why then does the Torah choose to couple belief in G-d with the Exodus from Egypt and not the creation of the world? Perhaps the Torah could have written “I am the L-rd your G-d who created the World”!
In the opening lines of Kiddush from Friday night where we talk about the creation of the world G-d is referred to in the 3rd person: “…. G-d finished on the 7th day His work that He had done”. However later on in Kiddush when we move on to talk about the Exodus from Egypt He is now referred to in the 1st person: “For out of all the nations – You chose us…. And You gave us Your holy Shabbos”. Why this switch from 3rd person to 1st person?
Both the Creation of the World and the Exodus from Egypt have the ability to instil in us a belief and awe of G-d. However the Exodus from Egypt also gave us an intimate and personal relationship with Him. We saw with our own eyes that G-d treated us differently, the water turned to blood for the Egyptians and yet remained as pure water for us. When the Egyptians were covered in darkness, we had light.
This special time of Pesach and the entire month of Nissan is a time to remember who we are as a nation and as individuals. It is a time to remember how fortunate we are to have a close and personal relationship with G-d. Not just a G-d who is Creator and Master over the world, but also a G-d who we relate to as a child does to their Father. On Seder night when we relive our own personal Exodus from Egypt may we merit to use that opportunity to rekindle our intimate relationship with G-d.