*Bissel: (bis-sel) Yiddish. Meaning: “a little.” “Give me a bissel lox on my bagel, would you, darling?” A biselleh is even less.
Parshat B’shalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)
Now that we’ve learned to memorialize our leaving Egypt through the ritual of our annual Passover seder, we are ready to pack our bags and head out into the wilderness. On the way out, the Israelites must first encounter the Sea of Reeds. In front of them, all they can sea is water, and behind them, Pharoah’s army is in hot pursuit. And then, the Sea splits, and the rest is history. As Israel arrives on the far shore, they are led by Moses and Miriam in song, “shirah,” hence this shabbat’s special designation, shabbat shirah.
REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Can you identify a “sea-splitting moment” in your life, one in which, at a certain point, your life changed, forever? Israel responded to this moment in their lives with song. How was your Jewish life affected by this moment? How can this moment inspire you and others on a daily basis?
Rabbi Mark Melamut