Friday, April 13, 2012

Taking the plunge to freedom

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Today is the 7th day of Pesach, the day on which the sea parted and the Children of Israel crossed over from Egypt into the Sinai desert with Pharaoh's chariots in hot pursuit.

Tradition says that Nachshon ben Aminadav was the first to take a leap of faith and step into the sea. Only when the water was up to his neck did God part the Sea of Reeds.
Only then did the rest of the Israelites follow.

Here is how the midrash (Mechilta Beshalach 5) describes it:
“When Israel stood at the Sea, this Tribe said, ‘I will not be first to go down into the Sea;’ and the other Tribe said ‘I will not be first to go down into the Sea.’ In the midst of this argument, one individual, Nachshon ben Aminadav, Prince of the Tribe of Yehudah, seized the initiative, and went down first into the Sea, inspiring the rest of his Tribe to follow...
At that moment, Moshe was deeply engaged in prayer. The Holy One, Blessed is He, said to him, ‘My beloved friends are drowning in the Sea, and you stand in Prayer before Me!’
Moshe said, ‘Master of the Universe, What should I do?’ He said to him, ‘Speak to the Children of Israel, and let them move...’ ”
For the deep meanings of Nachshon ben Aminadav's initiative, please take a look at "Courage and Risk" by Rabbi Nathan Lopez Cardozo and two of the Velveteen Rabbi's posts here and here.

For some humor, I give you a favorite cartoon about baby Moshe:

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15 comments:

VP said...

Too funny (the cartoon)!

Jørgen Carlsen said...

I hope you will get many potatoes, thank you for your comments.

Reader Wil said...

Ha, ha...! This is funny. Mozes had some relationship with water.

crystal said...

:)

That parting of the sea scene is one of my favorites from The Ten Commandments movie.

Robert Geiss said...

The comic made me laugh. Great find indeed. Hope all the celebrations will be peaceful and you have a good weekend ahead.

Travelogue for the Universe said...

Thanks for the history and the cartoon. Have a great week! mary

Fran said...

HAH! That is hilarious!

Petrea Burchard said...

The cartoon is funny, but what really made me laugh is the moniker, "The Velveteen Rabbi."

cieldequimper said...

Love that cartoon!

JM said...

This cartoon is so cool, I always smile everytime I see it. :-)

Cloudia said...

Thank You, Dina




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Spiderdama said...

Funny:-) And great post!

Pietro said...

Amusing sketch!

Eki said...

I like the cartoon! :D

Gunn said...

That made me SMILE!:)