600,000 Jews left Egypt & On Passover in 1948 there were 600,000 Jews in Israel

Before Passover, I take my children to the Judean Desert outside Jerusalem to look at Mount Nebo. From that height above Jericho Moses surveyed the Promised Land.  I obtrusively place my children in the landscape given to the Children of Israel 3,000 years ago and prepare them for the Passover holiday by asking a simple math question:

How is it that in Nissan, the month of miracles, 600,000 Children of Israel left Egypt (Exodus 12: 37) and 3,000 years later on Passover in 1948, the eve of Israel’s independence, there were 600,000 Jews in Israel ?Mount Nebo 2

We walk in the desert which inspires a sense of Mount Sinai and I tell them: The Children of Israel left Egypt rendering us a people; in order to get the Torah and come into our land.  That is the meaning of Passover.

Looking at Mount Nebo, we read the last verse of the Torah, describing Moses looking over the Promised Land from Mount Nebo (Deuteronomy 34:12).  The Torah concludes with the last word “Israel”, which is a Hebrew acronym meaning there are 600,000 letters in the Torah יש ששים ריבוא אותיות לתורה one for each of the children of Israel.

And they read the Torah and they are in the Land celebrating Passover along with more than 6,000,000 of the Children of Israel.

About the Author
Dov is President of Clarity Advisors, a business development firm that brings Israeli companies into the US market. He is a board member of several non-profits including: the America Israel Chamber of Commerce; Yemin Orde Educational Initiatives; SIGNAL - Sino-Israel ties and Co-Chairman of the Ivy League Alumni in Israel. His writing has been published in Arabic and Hebrew in 50 Middle East media outlets. Dov lives in Ra'anana with his three sons. His forthcoming book: The Perishability of Importance, will be published in 2017.