And the Jews picked up their eyes and they saw the Mitzriyim traveling after them".

Rashi points out; the word "traveling" in the pasuk is written in the singular ("Nosaya" not "Nosim"). This is to teach us that the Mitzriyim had unity against Klal Yisroel - "BiLev Echad K'Ish Echad" - "With 1 heart like 1 person".

Rashi makes a similar comment in Parshas Yisro. When Klal Yisroel came to Har Sinai, the pasuk says, "VaYichan Sham Yisroel Neged HaHar" - "And the Jews camped near the mountain". "VaYichan" is in the singular - "And he camped" - although it is referring to all of Klal Yisroel. Rashi says that this is to teach us the unity that Klal Yisroel had. They were, "K'Ish Echad BiLev Echad"- "like 1 person with 1 heart".

Rav Hutner takes note of the different wording which Rashi uses in each instance. In Parshas Beshalach, when referring to the Mitzriyim, Rashi says, "BiLev Echad K'Ish Echad" - Lev first then Ish. As opposed to Parshas Yisro, when he is referring to the Jews, Rashi says, "K'Ish Echad BiLev Echad" - placing Ish before Lev?

Rav Hutner answers; The Egyptians (and all Goyim for that matter) do not have unity. What brings them together is a common cause. In this instance, the common cause was their hatred for Klal Yisroel. That is why Rashi said, "BiLev Echad K'Ish Echad". They were "BiLev Echad" - with 1 cause, and therefore "K'Ish Echad" with unity like 1 person. However Klal Yisroel is different. They are compared to a human body. Does the left hand have a different opinion than the right? Of course not! All parts of 1 body work together. They are 1 unit. So too is Klal Yisroel 1 unit by definition. That is why Rashi says, ""K'Ish Echad BiLev Echad"- They are by definition K'Ish Echad - 1 unit. Our "BiLev Echad" - common cause - is only a secondary factor.

Even without a common cause we are united.

Add comment

Have something to say?
Please make your comment below!
All comments are reviewed prior to publication. Absolutely NO loshon hara or anything derogatory or hurtful to anyone will be permitted on the website.

Security code