Shevii shel Pesach "Partition of the Red Sea"

Shevii shel Pesach "Partition of the Red Sea"

Even if the person falls to the lowest of levels, he must never think that he no longer has any hope. Our ancestors went through similar situations in front of the Red Sea. Before them was the sea; behind them, the Egyptians; and wild desert animals on both sides. In the worst of all situations, they did not give up hope. They cried out to God and were heard.

Similarly, no matter how far one is from God, there is always hope. ' is the highest and highest level of existence ( Etz Chaim, Shaar' ). And from there, help comes to the person, even if they are at the lowest levels. Thus, the miracle of the Partition of the Red Sea can be synthesized in this way: although everything seems lost, there is still hope of a redemption ( Likutey Moharán I, 21 ).

Rabbi Nathan teaches that there is another concept associated with the Partition of the Red Sea and that is the breaking of pride. Pharaoh said, "Who is God that I should listen to Him?" During this entire episode, Moshe Rabbeinu was trying to convince Pharaoh that God rules the world and that He is capable of completely destroying the ruler of Egypt. However, Pharaoh had declared himself a divinity. For we see that both the ruler of Egypt, and most of the people in a position of power, are characterized by arrogance and pride.

The Partition of the Red Sea demonstrated how such arrogance can be completely shattered. Moshe turned the seabed into dry land. The earth is associated with the concept of modesty. On the other hand, the force of the overflowing waters, with its powerful waves, sure of its limitless power, is something that the person perceives as the epitome of greatness. But, in a short period of time, the Creator destroyed the arrogance of the waters by transforming them into dry land. Thus, the song that Moshe and the Jews sang when the Red Sea was opened was one of praise to the Creator, because He is great and rules over all those arrogant and proud ( Likutey Halachot, Orlá 4 ).


When the Jews left Egypt and approached the Creator, received great wealth. This is because wealth has, on the plane of holiness, the same root as the soul. However, there is a bad trait that can cause the person to lose all his wealth. This trait is anger.

When opposing forces see that the person is about to receive riches and blessings, they then try to lead him to anger. JiMaH , anger, creates a gap in your JoMaH , in your protective wall, which is also its wealth ( Likutey Moharán I, 68 ).

It is forbidden to eat Jametz on Pesach, since Jametz is the concept of anger.

The Jametz stands up. Just like arrogance and anger, it also spreads. So we must avoid all kinds of exaggerations in our way of life. Our way of living should be without arrogance and expansion.

When the Red Sea parted, its waters, on the sides, became like a wall ( jomah ) to the Jews. After that, the Jews were able to restrain all anger ( jimah ) and were allowed to have Jametz . This is why Jametz is allowed after the Seventh Day of Peisaj ( Likutey Halajot, Harsha'ah 4 ).

(The Breslov Haggadah © Breslov Institute Research)

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