In last week’s parshah, B’Shalach, the Jewish people were trapped between the sea on one side and the advancing Egyptians on the other. Moshe turned to Hashem in prayer, and Hashem instructed him to raise his staff and stretch his hand over the waters to part the sea. The Jewish people then entered the sea.

Our sages explain that the actual entry into the sea wasn’t as simple as it seems. The Torah tells us that “the Children of Israel entered into the sea, on dry land.” When they first entered, the sea was still the sea; only once they entered did it turn into dry land. According to the Gemara, there is a difference of opinion as to what exactly happened.

According to a midrash in T’hilim, when the tribes were standing on the shore of the Red Sea, none of them wanted to take the first step into the water. Yehudah was given the monarchy because Nachshon ben Aminadav, who was from the tribe of Yehudah, decided to take that first jump into the sea. This leap into the water was necessary to move B’nei Yisrael from their paralyzing fear of change. At that time, Moshe was in the midst of prayer and God instructed him to pay attention to his people who were already in the water and instruct the others to follow. The act of Nachshon ben Aminadav was what allowed the tribe of Yehudah to merit the monarchy, and it turned Yehudah into a leader.

Looking around at all the difficulties that we face daily, it may seem very hard to do Hashem’s will. At times, we may feel that we are closed in at all sides, just like the advancing Egyptians and crashing waves. While our situations and problems may change, they always seem to lead us down a dead-end road. We must remember that Hashem is just testing us, and all we have to do is follow Nachshon’s example. If we become hesitant or afraid of leaping into the water, we will not find our way out. We must “jump into the sea” with m’siras nefesh, without being concerned about the problems that make it seem impossible. Just like Nachshon, every Jew is capable of reaching the pinnacle of devotion and complete trust in Hashem. When a Yid resolves to perform Hashem’s will with total disregard for the obstacles, Hashem provides a way to overcome the obstacles.


List of People Who Need a R’fuah Sh’leimah (a complete recovery)

Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.


Yossi Azriel ben Chayah Michal

Aviel ben Ktziyah Batyah

Eliyahu ben Sophia

Mordechai ben Rachel Anba

Nissim ben Devorah

Ezra ben Farida

Yossi ben Vardit

Yaakov ben Mazal

Nissan ben Yael 

Yehoshua ben Miriam 

Eliyahu ben Miriam 

Aharon Mordechai ben Sharon

Moshe ben Rachel

Gavriel ben Imo Shalom 

Marik ben Tamara

Yitzchak ben Chanom Chanah

Yosef ben Leah

Shlomo ben Miriam

Shalom Baruch ben Malkah Freida

Ilay Eliezer ben Rivah Rivkah


Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadasah bas Devorah

Alizah bas Miriam

Shoshanah Shurah bas Zina

Luna bas Rachel

Malkah bas Miriam

Malkah bas Reicha Shifrah

Adele bas Adi

Evon bas Sally

Karen bas Rachel

Chavah bas Sarah

Brachah Chanah bas Sarah

Tovah Chanah bas Sarah Devorah

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