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Bible-Biblical-Personalities-Midrash-JoshuaThe 11th of Nisan is the anniversary of, (See Haftarah for First Day Pesach- "Transition"): “At that time God said to Joshua, ‘Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites again.’ So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites at Gibeath Haaraloth.


Now this is why he did so: All those who came out of Egypt—all the men of military age—died in the wilderness on the way after leaving Egypt. All the people that came out had been circumcised, but all the people born in the wilderness during the journey from Egypt had not. The Israelites had moved about in the wilderness forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed God. For God had sworn to them that they would not see the land he had solemnly promised their ancestors to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey. So he raised up their sons in their place, and these were the ones Joshua circumcised. They were still uncircumcised because they had not been circumcised on the way. And after the whole nation had been circumcised, they remained where they were in camp until they were healed.

Then God said to Joshua, ‘Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.’ So the place has been called Gilgal to this day (Joshua 5:2-9).”

Haggadah: Hallel: Hallel was said by Joshua and Israel when the kings of Canaan attacked them. (Pesachim 117a)

In every generation, each person is obligated to view himself as if he went out of Egypt”: Joshua’s actions were a continuation of Moshe’s at the time of Redemption from Egypt: “Then God said to Joshua, ‘Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.’ “

When we combine the two ideas, we find that every Hallel is a continuation of the first Hallel, which Israel sang as they offered the Pesach Offering in Egypt!

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