𝐁𝐄𝐒𝐇𝐀𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐇, 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐡, 𝐨𝐫 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐡 (בְּשַׁלַּח—𝐇𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐰 𝐟𝐨𝐫 “𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 [𝐡𝐞] 𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐠𝐨” (𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲: “𝐢𝐧 (𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠) 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭”) the second word and first distinctive word in the parashah) is the sixteenth weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual cycle of Torah reading and the fourth in the Book of Exodus. It constitutes Exodus 13:17–17:16.
In this parashah, Pharaoh changes his mind and chases after the Israelite people with his army, trapping them at the Sea of Reeds. Yahweh commands Moses to split the sea, allowing them to pass, then closes the sea back upon the Egyptian army. There are the miracles of manna and clean water. The nation of Amalek attacks and the Israelite people are victorious.
📜 𝐄𝐱𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐬 𝟏𝟑:𝟏𝟕-𝟏𝟕:𝟏𝟔
🌬When we read the Book of Exodus we don’t only read of plagues but of miracles: the parting of the Red Sea, the provision of Manna and water and the giving of the commandments are just a few of the miracles that occurred in the Exodus narrative. What we must realize about the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea is that the Israelites had to get to the edge of the Red Sea with the Egyptian chariots behind them and that is when the Red Sea is parted and the Israelites are able to walk on dry ground experiencing a miracle.
The lesson we learn from the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea is that sometimes you have to get to the edge of defeat before experiencing your miraculous victory.
🎼 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Listen to “ He Rebuked The Red Sea” by Donald Lawrence from The Album Goshen and Wade in The Water performed by Sweet Honey in The Rock
📜 𝐋𝐞𝐭’𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤’𝐬 𝐓𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐡 𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧.