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Sunday, February 05, 2006

A common misconception about קריעת ים סוף

Most people picture the sea splitting and Bnei Yisrael going through to the other side. However, both Tosafos (ערכין ט"ו) and the Rambam (אבות ה,ד) state that Bnei Yisrael actually went in a semicircle and ended up on the same side that they started from. This makes the נס even bigger, because the shevet on the outside had to go much further then the innermost shevet and therefore Hashem had to make sure that the innermost מצרים were slowed down so that they would not emerge before the outermost Jews.

9 Comments:

At 12:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this is the wrong place for this comment, but I wasnt sure if you would see it...

I have just finished last week mishpacha magazine and i didnt notice any article against MP3 players. If you still have it, please let me know what page.

Thanks

 
At 5:21 AM, Blogger bluke said...

It was in the Hebrew edition in the newspaper not the magazine

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous confused said...

innermost mitzrim were slowed down? or do you mean innermost jews?

 
At 11:59 AM, Blogger bluke said...

The innermost Mitzrim, otherwise they would have come out before the outermost Jews and not drowned.

 
At 3:44 PM, Blogger The Gabbai said...

which explains how finding zivugim for people is "hard for Hasehm as kriyas yam suf". for some people it's first date, boom engaged! they are like the people on the inside who didnt have to walk far. for others it is much harder for they are like the poople on the outside who had to walk very far. don't remember where I heard that.

 
At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Ori said...

Bluke,

Very interesting post. According to these mefarshim when did Bnei Yisroel cross back over to the other side?

Thanks

 
At 1:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand. Why did the Egyptians have to be slowed down? They drowned.

 
At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i mean to say it sounds from the psukim as though they enter the water later, after bnei yisrael and are still entering the water when the waters fall back and drown them

 
At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Phil said...

For those interested, Me'am Loez brings all the opinions, i believe.

 

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