Underwater building project

There’s a key line that Bnei Yisrael sang in the shirah after they crossed the Yam Suf; ‘ze keli ve’anveihu’ (5:2). The Targum translates this as ‘this is my God and I will build Him a Mikdash.’ Now why were the Bnei Yisrael suddenly committing to building a Beis HaMikdash…

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No stick

As Bnei Yisrael seem to be trapped between the Egyptians and the sea - with no way out - HaShem commands Moshe (14:16) ‘lift up (harem) your stick and stretch your hand over the sea and split it…’ Indeed, the sea split, the Jews safely crossed (the Egyptians did not)…

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As soon as we let doubt in, then Amalek comes

17:07 ‘…and the people said: Is Hashem in our midst or not’ 17:08 ‘and Amalek came and waged war with the Jewish people in Refidim’ Q: Why does the Torah mention these 2 verses next to each other? A1: Rashi explains that it is precisely because the people wondered whether…

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Appreciating the miracles of nature

After the shira, the Bnei Yisrael are in Mara, unable to drink the ‘bitter’ water. Hashem instructs Moshe to put a piece of tree (a branch) into the water. After doing so, the water becomes sweet, and the Bnei Yisrael are able to drink the water.

Amazingly, this bitter branch…

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Two levels of emunah (long vort)

Parshas Beshalach; Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

After HaShem drowns the Egyptians in the sea, we sing the famous shira, from which our Shabbes gets its name. This shira is privy to an interesting introduction. The pasuk preceding the shira notes that Bnei Yisrael saw what HaShem had done to the…

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Taking Responsibility


The splitting of the Yam Suf (known as krias Yam Suf) is one of the seminal events in Jewish history. Chazal and the commentaries derive numerous lessons from this great miracle. A less well-known aspect of krias Yam Suf is described in a Tosefta…

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