The People-Forming Passover

There’s a great deal more at stake in Exodus than getting the slaves out of Egypt. What might it be?


From Moses and Aaron Speak to the People by James Jacques Joseph Tissot, c. 1896-1902. 

From Moses and Aaron Speak to the People by James Jacques Joseph Tissot, c. 1896-1902. 

Essay
April 6 2020
About the author

Leon R. Kass is Professor Emeritus in the College and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and Scholar Emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute. A physician, scientist, educator, and public intellectual, he served in 2001-2005 as chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics. His books include The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis.


The essay below is adapted from Founding God’s Nation: Reading Exodus by Leon R. Kass, forthcoming from Yale University Press in January 2021.

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