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Split at the Sea

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Split at the Sea

When the Jewish people was surrounded by the Egyptians at the sea, four opinions were voiced on how to respond: 1) Jump into the sea – better to give one’s life in sanctification of G-d’s Name than to transgress His will; 2) Return to Egypt – perhaps they had not completed their spiritual mission there; 3) take up arms and fight – for to extinguish their own lives or return to Egypt would both transgress G-d’s will; 4) Pray to G-d.
Splitting of the Sea, Lubavitcher Rebbe
Split at the Sea
Disc 110, Program 438

Event Date: 10 Shevat 5740 - January 28, 1980

When the Jewish people was surrounded by the Egyptians at the sea, four opinions were voiced on how to respond: 1) Jump into the sea – better to give one’s life in sanctification of G-d’s Name than to transgress His will; 2) Return to Egypt – perhaps they had not completed their spiritual mission there; 3) take up arms and fight – for to extinguish their own lives or return to Egypt would both transgress G-d’s will; 4) Pray to G-d.

All four approaches, however, were wrong: “The L-rd said to Moses, ‘Speak to the children of Israel and tell them to travel onward’” – march into the sea and it will split for you!

“Everything that is found on dry land is also found in the sea” – but from the surface you can’t see anything in the ocean, because it’s all covered by water. Similarly, G-d’s miracles are all around us, but when one looks no deeper than the surface of the natural order, he cannot see the miracles. As soon as you take the dive into the depths of G-dly reality, however, you immediately see miracles happening all around you; you see G-d’s own hand orchestrating your deliverance.

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Phil Schupbach Lincoln, NE via ochabad.com May 1, 2016

This explanation touches on . . . . . . so many good points of illumination. For me, it encourages "faith" and trust in G-d, without which I have found I have no hope. Reply

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