Obligation to Tell the Story of the Exodus


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An Elusive Source

It is hard to imagine the first night of Pesach without a verbal retelling of the story of the Israelites' enslavement and exodus from Egypt.  However, finding a Biblical source for such an obligation is not as easy to find as one might expect. Many verses have been put forth as possible candidates, but each falls short in some manner:

To summarize, none of the verses above is an obvious source for the obligation to verbally retell the story of the Exodus.  Some (Shemot 13:3 and Devarim 16:3) only mention a "commemoration", others (Shemot 12:26, Shemot 13:8, 14, Devarim 6:20) ) limit the directive to telling/responding to children, while still others (Shemot 13:14 and Devarim 6:20) do not focus on the night of Pesach.  As such, different commentators reach very different conclusions regarding what is expected that the nation do on the evening of Pesach.