Israel Forever

For the week ending 11 February 2006 / 13 Shevat 5766

A Song of Hope

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

The “Song of the Sea” which our ancestors sang when they crossed the Yam Suf and saw their Egyptian pursuers drowning is a song of hope for all generations of Jews.

Not only is this song, which is recorded in this week’s Torah portion, a reminder that G-d saved our ancestors from their enemies but serves as a reminder of how He consistently rescues us individually and nationally from situations similar to a sea which must be crossed.

Our Talmudic Sages have compared the challenge of both earning a livelihood and finding a mate to the crossing of the sea. Does anyone feel the obligation to sing praises to G-d when he is blessed with a livelihood or a marriage partner?

Life is full of challenges and should be filled with song. Living in today is one prolonged challenge and we should be singing every day.

Such songs of praise to G-d, Who enables us to cross all of our seas of challenge, is what will preserve forever.

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