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One of the שש זכירות requires that I remember the Exodus from Egypt (זכירת יציאת מצרים). According to the linked Wiki document, in an effort to fulfill (לְמַעַן תִּזְכֹּר אֶת יוֹם צֵאתְךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם כֹּל יְמֵי חַיֶּיךָ: (דברים ט"ז, I say the third perek of the Sh'ma (though many other things all seem to be marking that remembrance as well).‏

In one sense, I remember the specific date (as stated here) or the literal fact that I left/am leaving (sort of here). In another sense, I mark all the things that the exodus led up to (or to the echoes of the events) as discussed here, or the exodus as a foundation for the ability to do everything else in my life (here, sort of). But I am not clear, though, on what I am remembering in order to be mekayem this (Rabbinic) mitzvah/obligation.

Am I remembering an event, a change in status, God's general power or something else? In the preparatory prayer before donning my tefillin I say וְשֶׁנִּזְכֹּר נִסִּים וְנִפְלָאוֹת שֶׁעָשָׂה עִמָּנוּ בְּהוֹצִיאָנוּ מִמִּצְרָיִם that I am remembering the miracles and wonders done then. What should I be focusing on?

  • Ultimately, the actual taking out itself. – user15253 Jul 25 at 18:44
  • I think your remembering the "Cheirus" which means using all the Serving Hashem and not get distracted through various chores that take over your life and Distract you from Serving Hashem, See Mesilas Yesharim Introduction – user15464 Jul 25 at 22:04
  • I think the main thing is to be aware that Yetziat Mitrayim was done as a necessary perquisite to coming to Har Sinai and receiving the Torah, which in turn, obligated us and defined the list of mitzvot. One pasuk, hits me, now. It's at the end of parshat Bo, which says, "Remember this day when you left Egypt from the house of bondage, because with the strength of His hand God took you out from here..." I have a hunch that mefarshim expound on this first occurrence of the requirement to remember the Exodus. I'll try to explore there, and, perhaps, you might notice something as well. – DanF Jul 26 at 2:46

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