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Allied with Hashem

Posted on י״ג בשבט ה׳תש״ע (January 28, 2010) | in Beshalach | by

Beshalach 5770 Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, quoted in Mipninei HaRav, asks why B’nai Yisrael failed to sing at the time of the exodus the way that they sang during the splitting of the sea. He answers, that the difference between the two salvations is that while the exodus was performed entirely by Hashem, B’nai Yisrael were made into partners during K’rias Yam Suf, as it says, “Speak to the children of Israel and let them travel” (Shemos 14:15). The latter salvation was contingent upon B’nai Yisrael taking an active role by traveling into and through the sea. When they did so they had effectively allied themselves with Hashem – an accomplishment deserving a song of praise! Good Shabbos!

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