Parashat Beshallach recounts the experiences of our ancestors once they were 'sent out' by Pharaoh. They were guided by a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. When they reached the Sea of Reeds (Red Sea), pursued by Pharaoh's army, Nachshon ben Aminadav started to walk into the water, and only when it reached his nose did the sea split. God instructed Moses to stand on a cliff and hold his hands up so that the sea would remain split, allowing the Israelites to safely cross. When he tired, those close to him provided support to help keep his arms uplifted. Once they reached the other side, led by Moses and Miriam, they sang songs of praise. The 'Song at the Sea,' of which Mi Chamocha is part, is found in Parashat Beshallach. For this reason, Shabbat Beshallach is known as Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song.
Can you recount miraculous 'crossings' in your life?
When Moses' arms grew heavy, others helped support him... Who 'holds your arms up' when the going gets tough?
What songs exist within you?
A kavannah for Shabbat Beshallach
As I come face to face with the Red Seas/obstacles in my life, may I have the courage to move forward on a straight and honest path and celebrate the transition with joyous song, in appreciation to the One to whom all thanks are due.
BTW, happy Tu B'Shevat (Sunday night and Monday)...the world's first 'ecology' day! Consider saving a tree, and maybe even planting one. You can plant trees in Israel through Kehillah, and Jewish National Fund will send a certificate out on your behalf. Each tree is $18 and a portion of your donation stays with Kehillah. (Contact Renee for more information.)
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"I have found a world filled with carob trees; as my parents planted, so shall I plant for my children" ~ Babylonian Talmud, Taanit, 23