For the People of Israel, the past and present fuse together to create the most extraordinary future. Through Ezra’s actions, it is clear that a carefully choreographed event was planned and designed to reflect the Exodus from Egypt. Just as the Jews left Egypt in the first month, the Hebrew month of Nissan, and crossed the Sea of Reeds, Ezra’s exodus departed from a river in the first month. Certainly, the symbolism of re-creating such a formative occurrence wasn’t lost on the members of the entourage, giving them great courage, and hope in returning to their ancestral homeland.

Source: Israel in the News