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Pocketful of Miracles When the Bnei Yisroel sang Az Yashir, they had a lot of miracles to sing about - 50 to be exact! Hashem turned the laws of nature topsy-turvy in this final feat of revenge upon Pharoh and the Mitzriyim (Egyptians). Here are some sea-splitting highlights of their watery adventure:

Everyone knows that the sea split, but did you know that there were actually twelve paths - one for each shevet (tribe) of Bnei Yisroel! Now, you'd expect to find a mucky, yucky, mirky sea bed at the bottom, but, believe it or not, the sea bed became a dry level path for the Bnei Yisoel to walk upon. If there was a deep spot, the water hardened allowing the Bnei Yisroel to walk on the water!

The sea walls were solid as a rock and formed a roof-like protection over their heads. But say, you, your child or your animal got a little thirsty, you could just push a cup into the walls and the salt water sea would give you a fresh, sweet cup of water! When children began to cry, Hashem made the walls of the tunnel produce fruit and sweetness to comfort them. Vegetation grew out of the sea bed for the animals to eat. The path was perfumed with pleasant fragrances from Gan (Garden of) Eden.

Leave it to Hashem to think of under-water interior decorating at a time like this! The watery walls formed a mosaic pattern and the fish swam freely. And you could even wave to a friend over in the next shevet, because the walls were perfectly transparent! The light from the pillar of fire illuminated the path like sparkling chandeliers.

On this seventh day of Pesach, all the waters of the world split; Rivers, cisterns, pits, and even water in pitchers, barrels and bottles. The exception was the Jordan River, which reversed its course, leaving its bed dry. The walls of water at the Red Sea were so high that they were seen from a great distance, terrifying all the surrounding nations. The sound of the splitting sea could be heard all over the world.

Now, the Mitzriyim didn't exactly have the same first-class sea-crossing experience: Remember that perfectly dry path? Well, it did indeed make a murky, muddy finish for the Mitzriyim the moment those chariots touched the sea bed! The mud became boiling hot from the pillars of fire making the horses lose their hooves. Hashem caused one wheel to be removed from each chariot. When the panicked horses pulled these disabled war chariots, the heavy vehicles swung back and forth, breaking bodies as they went. Many Mitzriyim fell from their chariots, and were not able to get up again. Although it was virtually impossible for the chariots to move with a single wheel, the chariots were able to ride toward the closing waters. Even though the sea bed was like mud, when the Mitzriyim fell on it, it was like stone, breaking their bones. Stones, hail and fiery coals rained down on the Mitzriyim from the sky, confusing the Mitzriyim. Even their arrows and missiles misfired and boomeranged back at them!

It was then that the walls of water came tumbling down! The Mitzri soldiers who were most wicked were thrown violently into the air and back into the depths of the sea, tossing and turning in the churning seas. Those who were deserving of a more merciful death sunk like lead to the bottom of the sea, quickly ending their lives. Not a single Mitzri survived - and not a single Bnei Yisroel was harmed.

There was a great dispute between the sea and the land, neither of which wanted to retain the bodies of the Mitzriyim. They kept on throwing the Mitzriyim back and forth from sea to land to sea to land like a rubber ball. Hashem finally convinced the land to accept the Mitzriyim. Finally, the sea cast the corpses of the entire Egyptian army - thousands of bodies - upon dry land for all of Bnei Yisroel to bear witness. Hashem raised up the land of Mitzrayim so that the survivors at home could see the downfall of their armies. Though Mitzrayim is several days' journey from the sea, those at home were able to see the faces of those who were drowning. The Mitzriyim didn't die right away, they were washed up on the beach half alive, to see the truth, that the Bnei Yisroel had been delivered from the sea, alive and healthy. Every Bnei Yisroel was able to spot his former master there on the beach.

Although Pharoh was at the head of his troops, he was spared by Hashem so he would be able to tell all the world of Hashem's greatness. He did Teshuva, and split from Egypt. He settled in Nineveh, where he became an important leader, influential in their doing Teshuva in the time of Jonah.

Even the sick, weary and crippled Bnei Yisroel were able to keep pace with the entire group. Not only were the lives of the Bnei Yisroel spared, but they did not lose any of their belongings in the sea. And here's a dividend that no one would expect...when the sea washed up the Mitzriyim, it also washed up all the treasures they had taken with them into battle. Bnei Yisroel gained even more treasure than they had taken when they left Mitzrayim. Now the promise that Hashem made to Avrohom was complete: Bnei Yisroel now had ALL the riches of Mitzrayim.

Hashem restored Yaakov Avinu back to life to witness the miracle of the Red Sea. Hashem showed him the Mitzriyim lying there. Others say, Hashem resurrected ALL three Avot, and stood them at the bank of the Red Sea to see the great miracle. The Bnei Yisroel were carrying all 12 of Yaakov's sons with them to bury in Eretz Yisroel. All 12 sons were resurrected to see the miracle of the Red Sea.

Hashem resurrected all three Avot - Avraham, Yitzchok and Yaakov - and all twelve of Yaakov's sons to bear witness to the fulfillment of the promise He made to them so long ago. Indeed, Hashem had taken these strangers out from a strange land where they had toiled for so many years and made them a free (and very wealthy) nation!

These great miracles by the sea inspired the Bnei Yisroel. They recognized the greatness of Hashem. They had a true belief in Hashem and His Prophet Moshe. All the Bnei Yisroel attained the level of prophecy and through Ruach HaKodesh (Divine Inspiration) sang the divinely inspired Az Yashir along with Moshe, word by word, letter by letter. Even children and the simplest people attained the spiritual level of individuals who had been prophets for many years. Nursing children stopped breastfeeding to sing. Even children in the womb joined in.



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