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Torah Talk for Parashat Beshalach

February 7, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

After the Bnei Yisrael cross the Reed sea in safety while Paro’s army drowns, they sing praises to Hashem; in response to their complaints about a lack of food and water, Hashem gives them manna; they are then attacked by Amalek.

The TaNaKH contains ten songs. When we look at each song, without even reading the words, we can know whether it presents positive or negative content and themes. Positive songs, such as the Song of the Sea in this week’s parasha, are written with the words in a certain shape, referred to as “levayna ahl gabbay ari’ach v’ari’ach ahl gabbay levayna” – a full brick sitting on a half-brick and a half-brick sitting on a full brick. Read more >