The taste of Shabbat – Parshat Beshalach 5776

The taste of Shabbat – Parshat Beshalach 5776

Rav Mordechai Elon

A high hand or a confused victory?

The parsha begins with our people, who have only just left Egypt, waking up to their new reality. “Rishon” ends with a victorious trumpet blast:

“for the children of Israel went out with a high hand”

What is a “high hand”? Rashi say  “With great and advertised might

The triumphal exodus is highly publicized, as Unkelus tells us, but after the opening verses the atmosphere is  dramatically different:

'Lest the people change their minds when they see war, and they return to Egypt.’

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