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This Week’s Torah Portion: Beshalach

Parashat Beshalach

This week’s Parasha, Parashat Beshalach, contains a scene that many of us are familiar with from the 1956 film, “The Ten Commandments” but that has recently made headlines again with the new movie “Exodus: Gods  and Kings.” The splitting of the Sea of Reeds is ingrained in our collective Jewish memory. The Midrash in Exodus Rabbah 11:6 asks: Why does the Torah state that the waters “were” divided rather than the water “was divided”? The Midrash explains that this comes to teach that waters in wells and fountains across the world became divided at the very moment of the splitting of the sea so as to showcase God’s miracle to the entire world. This week’s Parasha also contains Shirat HaYam, “the Song of the Sea,” a poetic recounting of the splitting of the sea (sans Charlton Heston). Shirat Hayam is included as part of our morning prayers as a daily reminder about God’s capacity to perform miracles at each and every moment. 

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