A Poem of Moses

In Jewish homes, and in many Christian homes, the final evening of Passover becomes a celebration meal shared with family and friends—the end of the holiday commemorating the "deliverance" of the people from Egyptian slavery as described in Exodus—a celebration meal often preceded by a synagogue service and readings from the Hebrew Bible.

The focal point of the Torah readings on the seventh day of Passover is the crossing of the Red Sea. In Exodus 15, Moses and the Israelites celebrated by singing the "Song of the Sea," a poem that some scholars believe is one of the oldest texts in the Hebrew Bible. "I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver, he has hurled into the sea."

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