Between Immanence and Transcendence
Parashat BeShallach

Dena Weiss

Parashat BeShallah brings us to the dramatic climax of the Exodus, the splitting of the Reed Sea.  This was not only one of the most dramatic and necessary miracles of the Torah, it is also one of its greatest moments of Divine revelation.  God appeared to the Jewish people at the Sea in a way that He hadn’t appeared before and did not appear since.  After the successful crossing of the Sea by the Israelites and the drowning of the Egyptians who were chasing them, Miriam and Moshe led the people in song.  We see God’s appearance reflected in this song through the way it expresses the reaction of the people to this miracle. In this poem, we also see that God appears to us in different ways at different times and that a dynamic relationship with God is both natural and necessary.

 
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