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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas BiShalach: Rav Elyashiv - Yetzias Mitzrayim At The Yam Suf
On Pesach there are two day Yom Tov, the first day and the last day.  What is special about these two days that we have a full Yom Tov only on these?  Rav Elyashiv says these two days are days of Yetzias Mitzrayim but in very different ways.  In Parshas Shemos (3:12) Hashem tells Moshe, "BiHotziacha HaAm MiMitzrayim".  In Parshas VaEirah (6:13) it says, "LiHotzi Es Bnei Yisroel MiMitzrayim".  What is the difference?

Rav Elyashiv explains that just because you take the person out of Mitzrayim, it doesn't mean you took the Mitzrayim out of him.  Immigrants from foreign countries may have left their land, but they are soaked with the culture of the land they left behind.  We are in a way still Russians, Moroccans, and Americans.  Even after we left the territory of Mitzrayim, we didn't leave the mindset of Mitzrayim.  Once we left Mitzrayim we could have even entered Eretz Yisroel as cultural Mitzrim.

This explains the two Pasukim of leaving Mitzrayim.  On the 15th of Nisan we left the territory of Mitzrayim and for that we celebrate the first day of Pesach on the 15th.  It was only on the Yam Suf that we shed our Mitzri culture.  We entered the Yam Suf as Mitzrim and emerged on the other side as true Bnei Yisroel.  That was a Yetzias Mitzrayim in its own right, and of no less stature.  For the Yetzia of Mitzrayim leaving us we celebrate the last day of Pesach as Yom Tov.
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