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Beshalach

The biggest splits may sometimes create the deepest unities.

The free nation finds it difficult to leave its past behind. The people are being chased by their demons. It isn’t easy opening up when one was closed tight for so long. The sea splits, breaking open the divine possibilities and drowning the nightmare. Free for real, the people break into song and dance. A thirsty people inspire rock to turn into water; hungry people demand bread from heaven – manna – and their wails are answered by quails. On Shabbat one does gather sustenance; on Shabbat one connects with the Source of all sustenance. As the people discover, freedom is not the absence of foes; freedom is the ability to vanquish them.

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