None of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.–Exodus 12:22
It went like this: All of them in their own homes, at their own tables.Outside was the danger in the darkness. And then the next home, the next family inside.
They knew about the danger all around them. They knew about the darkness.They knew, also, about each other between the darkness.
All that time before they had toiled together, but it did not make them a nation yet.
Now they were one.
Verse translation from Sefaria