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HaShem continued his instructions to Moshe and Aharon.
“Tell Bnei Yisrael to sacrifice the lamb on the afternoon of the 14th day of the month of Nissan. Spread the blood from the lamb on the 3 sides of your doorframes: the top, the right, and the left. This will be the sign of a Jewish home. When I go down to kill the Egyptian firstborns I will “pass over” your homes.”
For this reason the holiday commemorating “The Great Exodus” has become known as Passover – or shall we say “Pass Over?”
HaShem proclaimed, “I will see the blood and I will know not to kill the firstborn in your homes.”
Did HaShem really need the Jewish homes to be color coded? Doesn’t He know everything?
Of course He does! Rather, the blood served a much deeper purpose. Bnei Yisrael were busy with the Mitzvah of Korban Pesach and smearing its blood. This was in total defiance of the idol-worshipping Egyptians who considered the lambs to be sacred. Indeed, this deed was HaShem’s sign that Bnei Yisrael were worthy to be spared.
The blood on the doorpost formed the shape of the Hebrew letter ches, which is the first letter of the word chaim meaning life.
During the plague of the firstborn, a home marked with blood in the shape of a ches would be PASSED OVER by the angel of death and granted LIFE.
When preparing this smearing-the-blood-on-the-doorpost-picture, we instructed our famous Shazak artist to draw the man smearing outside of his home. After all, placing the blood of Egypt’s holy lamb in plain sight was a true act of bravery. To have smeared it in the privacy of their homes wouldn’t be that special. Right? If you are nodding your head in agreement, you won’t be surprised that the great sage Rabbi Yitzchok said the same thing around 2,000 years ago.
But you may be surprised that two other great Rabbis, Rabbi Yonasan and Rabbi Yishmael disagreed. They taught that the blood was smeared on the inside.
Food for thought: Rashi here on the Pasuk writes clearly that it should be smeared on the inside. Why do you think he chose the opinion of Rabbi Yonasan and Rabbi Yishmael?