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B'Shalach "When He Sent" Exodus 13:17-17:16    
Published 22th Day 11th Month 5772    
Pharaoh sent out the people after the plague of the first born of Egypt. HaShem was going to lead the people by
his right hand. In this Torah Portion, some of the epic biblical events that inspire us to seek HaShem and
understand how he expresses himself to man. The Hebrew text does not name the red sea as such, but rather
the Sea of Reeds..or Sea of Suf. There is still uncertainty of the exact route and scene of the crossing, the
northern region of the Gulf of Aqaba the most speculated. The Torah not only teaches the importance of faith
and trust through actions of observance to HaShem's teachings and ordinances, but also highlights
inappropriate behaviour toward HaShem. Religions who advocate that faith is just thinking about something
carries little display of understanding or recognition of who the creator is. Is it advisable to test HaShem? There
are important lessons in the Torah that require our daily commitment of study and observance to understand
the creator of the universe

  • 13:18 So God turned the people toward the way of the Wilderness to the Sea of Reeds. The children of
    Israel were armed when they went up from Egypt

The phenomena of nature that the Almighty has absolute control over can be displayed in many forms as the
text indicates. It is important to understand that the deity is unimaginable to any human..meaning we cannot
comprehend his physical image. The scriptures express how he uses his Elohim (justice) to serve mankind

  • 13:21HaShem went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them on the way, and by night in a
    pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel day and night 22 he did not remove the pillar of
    cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night from before the people

Salvation...Torah of Moshe: Miracles, are extraordinary natural events explainable through understanding how
nature can and does function. Here the Book of Moshe, the only book that are divinely inspired, show that
salvation will come to those who understand that the Torah will keep you and protect you. No matter how difficult
the situation becomes keep to the Torah in our behaviour and turn to Ha-Shem's ways of protection in the world
as its teaching. Which is also keeping the Mo'eds such as Pesach. Man's bad choices puts the world out of
sync.  The Torah was given to all of mankind, is what the forces of darkness wish to replace with the ideals and
justice of men, evil men. "The Name" of the creator is his command over nature; The Torah in my
understanding is a book of science, philosophy and reason and truths; and not a book of religion, DNA
cleansing on order to raise the conscious soul. There are observances...the Mo'edim or festivals which are
linked to agriculture and farming the land. In accepting the Torah and "the Name"  created the universe as the
one and only....we also try to understand the world in which we live. This fits with the teachings of the universe
and how it was all created. The Torah teaches to rebuke the evil keep false gods and all sorts of idol
worship out from ones soul. This has a most practical and real apllication in this world for everyday living
especially in Pagan Roman Britain....which has been under Jesuit control since George III.

  • Ex 14:13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he
    will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The Lord
    will fight for you, and you have only to be silent

Pharaoh hardened his heart. His view was that the Exodus was astray in the wilderness and an easy target.
When stating that he will gain glory through the punishment of Pharaoh, it should be remembered that
HaShem's method gave Pharaoh an option. It was Pharaoh's evil heart that took his choice from him. If Pharaoh
for example had repented and seen the light then he and Moshe would have walked together and a whole world
of paradise and unity could have immediately been instated between peoples. Testament of this is previously
how a pagan Pharaoh and a Hebrew Yosef walked together even although they had different beliefs

  • 14:16 And you lift up your rod and hold out your arm over the Sea and split it, so that the Israelites may
    march into the sea on dry ground 17 And I will stiffen the hearts of the Egyptians so that they may go in
    after them; and I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his warriors, his chariots and his horsemen

HaShem creates points in time when he reveals himself through the laws of nature. The Hebrews and other
followers liked Moshe, were trusting enough to follow although the situation was quite testing for all

  • 14:19 The angel of God, who had been going ahead of the Israelite army, now moved and followed
    behind them; and the pillar of cloud shifted from in front of them and took up a place behind them

Divine protection was afforded the people. At the same time the pillar was a curse to the Egyptians

  • 14:20 and it came between the army of the Egyptians and the army of Israel. Thus there was the cloud
    with the darkness, and it cast a spell upon the night, so that the one could not come near the other all
    through the night
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  • 13:17 It happened that when Pharaoh sent the people out,
    the Lord did not lead them by way of the land of the
    Philistines, because it was near. For the lord said, "The
    people may become agitated if they see a war, and return
    to Egypt"
  • 14:21 Then Moses held out his arm over the sea and the Lord drove back the sea with a
    strong east wind all that night, and turned the sea into dry ground

Believing and following HaShem requires the belief that everything that is depicted in scripture is
the truth. There should be no need for idols to worship or a man or anything other than knowing that
there is one creator who blessed us with his Torah so that we can begin to understand him through
daily study and observance. When even the people were shown great wonders and powers of
HaShem incredibly they doubted or complained

  • 15:24 and the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?" 25 So he
    cried out to the Lord, and the lord showed him a piece of wood ; he threw it into the water
    and the water became sweet. There he made for a them a fixed rule, and there he put them
    to the test

They were hugely blessed in as much that HaShem was with them. The Torah is the food of life
and only the Torah and HaShem will give the people freedom and life. The water turned sweet
because they turned to Torah and HaShem through the prophet Moshe. The Torah heals....and any
person can turn to it. The people who keep Torah will have blessings of life

  • 15:26 He said, " If you will heed the Lord your God diligently, doing what is upright in his
    sight, giving ear to his commandments and keeping all his statutes, then I will not bring
    diseases that I brought upon the Egyptians, for I the Lord am your healer 27 And they came
    to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees; and they
    encamped there beside the water

Manna: Producing the Manna that sustained the Hebrews for forty years in the wilderness again is
not so much a supernatural event, but rather a natural food from heaven as the text suggests

  • 16:4 And the Lord said to Moses, "I will rain down bread for you from the sky, and the people
    shall go out and gather that each day that day's portion---that I may thus test them, to see
    whether they will follow My instructions or not 5 But on the sixth day, when they apportion
    what they have brought in, it shall prove to be double the amount they gather each day

Shabbat  Shabbaton: The biblical calendar is emphasised once again by HaShem, when he gives
mankind the seventh day Sabbath as another guide to go by. The lunar phases were the manner of
time keeping. There is no other calendar to follow when determining  the biblical times. All work
was done by the end of the sixth day in order for rest and thanks. Shabbat is when we refrain from
gathering and cooking food on the seventh day. Food for Shabbat is prepared the day before  and
either warmed or eaten cold on Shabbat. Ordinary work is ceased in order to rest and spent time
with family and friends

  • 16:22 On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers each. And when all
    the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, 23 he said to them, “This is what the
    LORD has commanded: ‘Tomorrow is a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD; bake what
    you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over lay aside to be kept till the
    morning.’” 24 So they laid it aside till the morning, as Moses commanded them, and it did
    not stink, and there were no worms in it. 25 Moses said, “Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath
    to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the
    seventh day, which is a Sabbath, there will be none.”

HaShem wanted them to adjust to his teachings and explained how to do this

  • 16:27 On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, but they found none. 28
    And the LORD said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and my
    laws? 29 See! The LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore on the sixth day he gives you
    bread for two days. Remain each of you in his place; let no one go out of his place on the
    seventh day.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

Climatic conditions with the divine hand produced a mildew that furnished the land with a sweet
honey. There is an ordinance here to keep some manna as a testimony for the future generations

  • 31 The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted
    like wafers made with honey. 32 Moses said, “This is what the LORD has commanded:
    ‘Take an omer of manna and keep it for the generations to come, so they can see the bread
    I gave you to eat in the wilderness when I brought you out of Egypt.’” 33 So Moses said to
    Aaron, “Take a jar and put an omer of manna in it. Then place it before the LORD to be kept
    for the generations to come.” 34 As the LORD commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna
    with the tablets of the covenant law, so that it might be preserved. 35 The Israelites ate
    manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they
    reached the border of Canaan.

Trust and faith is Torah observance and listening to HaShem's ordinances and teachings. They
tested HaShem when they were being blessed by him. The Torah is also teaching through the
frailties of lack of faith and how we in modern day have these teachings to show us the way through
the mistakes that were made

  • Ex 17:2 The people quarreled with Moses. "Give us water to drink" they said; and Moses
    replied to them, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you try the Lord?

The evil that has raged against the creation is going to be dealt with by HaShem and Torah, his
right hand, the laws of nature and truth of Torah. Moshe whilst in battle with Amalek, raised his staff
and not a sword (Ex 17:8-16). All those who enter the war against the Torah and laws of nature,
even although they may not be directly descended from Amalek, are enemies of HaShem. Force or
fighting is not how haShem will win battles but by natural elements...the strength of his followers
who believe in his Torah...this requires patience and the belief that by standing firm in Torah even
against all odds of Babylonian warmongering and torture the truth will prevail

  • Ex 17:14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in
    the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15
    And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord Is My Banner, 16 saying, “A
    hand upon the throne of the Lord! The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to

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him afire they placed
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