Sung daily in our prayers, referenced numerous times throughout Tehilim and remembered as one of the greatest manifestations of God’s power on this earth, one has to nonetheless question why the glorious miracle at Yam Suf was necessary. From a purely practical point of view, if it served as a punishment to the Egyptians, God had definitely already covered that in Egypt; if it was to completely free Bnei Yisrael from their oppressors, He could have just destroyed them in Egypt during a final annihilating plague instead. And from a Torah perspective, when God told Avraham what the future would hold for his descendants during the Brit Ben HaBtarim, He says, “and you shall surely know that they will be strangers in a land not their own; and they will be enslaved and they will oppress them for four hundred years. And then I will judge that nation and afterwards they will go out with much wealth” (15; 13-14) – there is no mention whatsoever of an ultimate destruction of that subjugating nation; and logically the phrase, ‘I will judge them and afterwards they will go out with much wealth’ is referring to the plagues and the subsequent exodus with gold, silver, animals and clothing) – so how, and why, does Yam Suf fit in?
“Who is that who rises from the desert like pillars of smoke, perfumed by Frankincense and Myrrh” (Shir HaShirim 3; 6). By Rabbi Jonathan Bailey
I recently saw Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”, and was just blown away. Actually, in my case, he was preaching to the converted, as I have long believed that global warming is real (hey, I’m old enough to remember what a real winter is supposed to feel like, and believe me, this is not it). […]
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