Word of the Day Yetziat Mitzrayim

Although this term literally means to exit from Egypt, it is not always about running for the border. Sometimes, it's just about leaving a place or situation.

About four years ago I was being released from a minor hospital stay in the Tel Aviv area when the doctor came in to give me a final once-over before letting me go home. Consulting the chart, he said something along the lines of, "Oh, I see it's yetziat Mitzrayim today!"

The doctor was lightly making reference to the exodus from Egypt, even though it was not Passover, I did not even...