Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz will be featured this coming Sunday on the PBS television program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. You can watch it on Sunday on any of the more than 250 local PBS stations, or you can watch it here–right now:
“The decision to leave the ordinary”
The essence of the Exodus is in the initial, faith-motivated decision to leave the ordinary, the routine life, and to follow God.
This is that all-inclusive point of departure.
Prior to that there is nothing.
All the rest is elaboration.
–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From "The First Step," an essay by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz