The Night of Conscious Watching
Egypt [Mitzrayim – the dual form], Night Before Leaving
What we do the night before –
knowing we are leaving by morning.
The night before
we paused in our preparations
the night of conscious watching
used only here
in this verse
It was at the end of four hundred and thirty years,
and it was on that very day
that all the legions of God
left the land of Egypt.
It is a night of conscious watching
for God to take them out of the land of Mitzrayim
this was the night for God
a conscious watching for all the children of Israel
for their generations. [Exodus 12: 41 – 42]
On Shabbat HaGadol one year
the Great Sabbath before Passover
it was disclosed to me
this night conscious watching
what we know from the verse –
A conscious watching
God for us, we for God –
a spiritual intimacy
something left undone, done.
That from the verse.
From the past –
Every year just before Passover,
I ask myself
who am I waiting for?
Who speaks from the past?