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.’