Parshat Beshalach – January 30, 2021 – 17 Shvat 5781

January 30, 2021 – 17 Shvat, 5781

Parshat Beshalach

  • Exodus 13:17–17:16, Stone Chumash p. 366
  • Number of verses: 116
  • Haftorah: Judges 4:4–5:31, p. 1152 “U’Dvora Isha Nevia”

Important Shabbat Times

  • Candle lighting: 5:10p
  • Sunrise (Vatikin): 7:05:34a
  • Latest Shma: 9:05a
  • Earliest Mincha: 12:43p
  • Havdalah: 6:09p
  • Community Zoom Havdalah: 6:30p

Parshat Beshalach 

Our Parshah continues from last week. G-d leads the people out of Egypt, with a heavenly cloud by day, and a divine flame by night. They take the “long-cut” out of Egypt, as the more direct route is filled with enemy Philistines. They arrive at Pi-Hachirot on the beach head of the Red Sea on the seventh day of their departure. The Egyptian army is close behind. The people panic, and G-d tells Moshe to tell the people to go! They enter the Red Sea, and it splits before them. (According to the Medrash, the people were too frightened, so Nachshon ben Aminadav, the Prince of Judah, waded in first. When the water reached his nostrils, the water suddenly split.

1) The Egyptians follow in hot pursuit, and are drowned. 

2) The Song of the Sea. 

3) The bitter waters become sweet. The people are fed heavenly bread called “Mann”. They receive a double portion on Friday, and none on Shabbat. 

4) The people are thirsty, Moshe extracts water from a boulder. 

5) Amalek attacks. Israel counter-attacks, and defeats Amalek. G-d demands war against Amalek in each and every generation. 

Mitzvah of the Week

Mitzvah # 431- there is a mitzvah to thank G-d upon eating food. This is based on a verse in Deuteronomy (8:10). “And thou shalt eat, and be sated, and bless the L-rd your G-d…” From here we learn that it is a mitzvah to bless G-d, after eating. The blessings made before eating are derived from a logical deduction- “If one must bless his Creator after eating (when one is full), how much more so must you thank Him when you are hungry!”
Before eating bread one must wash his hands from an unbroken utensil, (whose lip is not cracked or spouted), and pour at least ¼ of a log (aprox. 3.3 oz)  of water on each hand at once, first on the right hand, then on the left. If less than a ¼ log is used, one must wash each hand, twice.  One then recites the blessing, “Baruch Atah etc….al Netilat Yadayim.”
To be continued…