Sunday, April 16, 2017

Splitting the waters

Today is the 7th and last day of Pesach.
We remember how on that day Moses led the newly-forming Jewish People out of Egypt through the split waters of the sea.

"And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all the night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided" -- וַיִּבָּקְעוּ, הַמָּיִם
- Exodus 14:21

"When God split the Red Sea, all the waters in the world divided, even the waters in cisterns and ditches, in jars, cups, casks and bowls ... the supernal waters, too, divided ..."
 -- (Midrash Mechilta)
Whichever holiday you are celebrating today, have a happy and meaningful one! 


Hels said...

Good luck with that, little man :)

Kay said...

Have a peaceful, happy holiday, Dina.

Alice said...

Enjoy this beautiful day . Dina

Regine Karpel said...


Sandi said...

Supernatural waters?

I wonder what that means.

Dina said...

Sandi, in Jewish usage "supernal" refers to things in the heavens above.
I think this quote from the Mechilta is a wonderfully fanciful midrash. :)
I suppose it comes from the idea in Genesis 1:7 -- "And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so."

William Kendall said...

That first shot is quite appropriate for the occasion!