Parsha Beshalach (Exodus/Shemot 13:17 – 17:16) comntains one of the most dramatic and certainly memorable miracles in all of Scripture – the parting, and crossing, of the “Red Sea” (or, more likely, the Sea of Reeds). But that is just one of the flashier miracles in this one, and the others certainly make for interesting study.

The Erev Shabbat overview:

The story of the Exodus can certainly be divided, at minimum, into events “before the parting of the Sea,” and “after.”

And given that there are both parallels in some elements of the pattern, and yet clearly some “ant-parallels” as well, Mark suggests that we recall that cycles generally have a positive half, and a negative, and that our current era, since it arguably involves judment, is on the latter course.

All the more reason to pay attention, “look up,” and understand the indications that our “redemption draweth nigh.”

“Beshalach: The Minimum Necessary Miracles for Our Time”

The combined two-part teaching is here: