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Beshalach: People Believe What They Want to Believe

Mitzrayim, the nation that bragged that no slave had ever escaped its land, stood by helplessly as the Chosen Nation triumphantly left. The Jewish people, now some three million strong, marched through the desert surrounded on all sides by clouds that protected them and led by a pillar of cloud that lit up the night as if it was day. Yet even at this moment, Pharaoh sent spies along to follow them. After three days,…






Beshalach: The Reason and the Cause

After two hundred and ten years of bondage, HASHEM led the Jews out of Mitzrayim. By all rights, the first stop should have been Har Sinai where they would receive the Torah and then straight to the land of Israel. Yet that wasn’t what happened. The Da’as Zekeinim explains that HASHEM said, “If I take them directly into the land, each man will be busy — this one with his vineyard, this one with his…






Beshalach: The Merit of Trusting HASHEM

After months of witnessing the hand of HASHEM, the entire Jewish nation — three million strong — marched out from slavery to freedom with flourish and fanfare. Escorted by clouds of glory, walking through a desert made smooth by overt miracles, they travelled as one. It seemed that the troubles of the Jewish people were finally behind them, and they were being escorted to their final redemption . . . until the clouds directed them…






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