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Parshat Beshalach Dvar Torah

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Parshat Beshalach Dvar Torah

What Are The Miracles in Beshalach? Commentary

  1. Exodus 13:21-22 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; that they might go by day and by night: the pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of fire by night, departed not from before the people.

  2. Exodus 14: 4, 8,17 I will harden (strengthen) Pharaoh’s heart, And the LORD hardened (strengthened) the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, I will harden (strengthen) the hearts of the Egyptians

  3. Exodus 14:19, 20 the pillar (*column) of cloud removed from before them and stood behind them; and it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel, and there was the cloud and the darkness here, yet gave it light by night there, and the one came not near the other all the night.

  4. Exodus 14:21, 22 the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters divide. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground, and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 

  5. Exodus 14:24, 25 LORD looked forth upon the host of the Egyptians through the pillar (column) of fire and of cloud and discomfited the host of the Egyptians. And He took off their chariot wheels, and made them drive heavily

  6. Exodus 14:27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its strength. (strong normal condition.

  7. Exodus 14:29 The children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 

  8. Exodus 15:25  And he cried unto the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree, and he cast it into the waters, and the waters were made sweet. 

  9. Exodus 16:10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spoke unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.

  10. Exodus 16:13,14 And it came to pass at even, that the quails came up, and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew round about the camp. And when the layer of dew was gone up, behold upon the face of the wilderness a fine, scale-like thing, fine as the hoar-frost on the ground.

  11. Exodus 16:27 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that there went out some of the people to gather, and they found none.

  12. Exodus 16:35 And the children of Israel did eat the manna forty years

  13. Exodus 17:11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

This is the G-d of Israel. THIS is OUR G-d! He is the same today as he was yesterday and as he will be tomorrow. He hears our prayers and nothing is impossible for him. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, in which the evidence is not yet seen. Without faith, it is impossible to please G-d. Is anything too difficult for him? What issues are you facing? Trust him for a miracle!

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What Are Other Encouragements Which We Can Apply To Us in Beshalach? One of the Beshalach Parshat (referred to some English speakers as one of the Parshas) - Commentary

  1. Exodus 14: 31 And Israel saw the great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians, and the people feared the LORD and they believed in the LORD.

  2. Exodus 15:18 The LORD shall reign forever and ever.

  3. Exodus 15:26 He said: ‘If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His eyes, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon thee, which I have put upon the Egyptians; for I am the LORD that healeth thee.’

Remember, this is the G-d of Israel. THIS is OUR G-d! Has he ever answered a prayer for you that you considered a "great work"? Remember he is still reigning! He is all-knowing and all-powerful!

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What is a Parshat Beshalach Summary of Interesting or Surprising Facts?

  1. Exodus 13:19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him; for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying: 'God will surely remember you, and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.

  2. Exodus 14:1-2 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn back and encamp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, before Baal-zephon, over against it shall ye encamp by the sea. 

  3. Exodus 14:5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people were fled; and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned towards the people, and they said: 'What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?

  4. Exodus 14:18 'And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD (Yud-Hey-Vav-Hey) when I have gotten Me honor (importance/ weight) upon (over) Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen." 

  5. Exodus 15:25 And he cried unto the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree, and he cast (threw) it into the waters.

  6. Exodus 16:3a 'Would that we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt when we sat by the flesh-pots (meat pots) when we did eat bread to the full.

  7. Exodus 16:13 And it came to pass at even, that the quails came up.

  8. Exodus 16:28 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'How long refuse ye to keep My commandments and My laws?

  9. Exodus 16:29 'See that the LORD hath given you the sabbath; therefore He giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.' 

  10. Exodus 16: 33 And Moshe said unto Aaron: 'Take a jar, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept throughout your generations.' 

  11. Exodus 16:35 And the children of Israel did eat the manna forty years until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat the manna until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.

  12. Exodus 17:4 Moshe cried unto the LORD, saying: 'What shall I do unto this people? They are almost ready to stone me.'

  13. Exodus 17:14 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Write this for a memorial in the book (scroll, letter, document), and rehearse (put) it in the ears of Joshua.

I hope these facts that are interesting or surprising to me will encourage you to read them in context. After all...

  • Joseph didn't want his bones left in Egypt.

  • G-d told Moshe to have the Israelites turn around. 

  • G-d turned the hearts of the Pharaoh's servants.

  • The Lord wanted the Egyptians to know that he was yud-hey-vav-hey.

  • Moshe threw not a piece of wood, but a tree into the water. 

  • As slaves, the Israelites had meat and filled up on bread.

  • Quail didn't fall to the ground but came up.

  • Moshe refused to keep the Lord's commandments and laws.

  • On Shabbat, it was instructed that no man go out of his place. 

  • Some of the manna (which they ate for forty years) was supposed to be kept throughout all of our generations. 

  • Moshe told the Lord that the people were almost ready to stone him.

  • Moshe was instructed to write on a scroll and Joshua was to hear what was written. 

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Is There Humor To Be Found In The Torah Portion Beshalach?

  1. Exodus 14:11 And they said unto Moses: ‘Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? 

  2. Exodus 14: 13-15 And Moses said unto the people: ‘Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will work for you today; for whereas ye have seen the Egyptians today, ye shall see them again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.’  And the LORD said unto Moses: ‘Wherefore criest thou unto Me?'

  3. Exodus 16:3b (The whole congregation murmured against Moshe and Aaron) For ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’

I can't read Exodus 14:11 and 16:3b without hearing it in my head with a heavy Yiddish/New York accent.

Our people have kept our unique sarcasm. 

Moshe spoke faith to the people although he was so upset about the situation that the Lord accused him of crying.