Section: Tanach Category: Chumash
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|50 Miracles Of Krias Yam Suf|
|Krias Yam Suf was far more dramatic and miraculous than a simple
splitting of the sea. The Mishna in Pirkei Avos (5:4) says that 10
miracles happened to Bnei Yisroel during Krias Yam Suf. The Bartenura
lists them.The Mei'am Loez counts 50 main nissim that happened to Bnei Yisroel
from when they left Mitzrayim until after Krias Yam Suf. He actually
divides them into subparts for a count of more than 150. Below
is the list of 50.|
1. Seven Ananei HaKavod protect them in four directions and even below their feet. The seventh led the way leveling the ground.
2. Hashem put in Paroh's heart to chase them despite all he had been through.
On the night of Krias Yam Suf the cloud that led them went behind
them. It darkened the night for the Mitzrim and lit up the night for
the Bnei Yisroel.
4. The Mitzrim shot spears and arrows and not one person was hurt.
5. The Yam Suf split when they were in up to their nostrils.
6. All the waters of the world, including underground and in the heavens and in cups, split as well (into 12 parts see below).
The Yam Suf split into 12 thoroughfares for the 12 shevatim. The water
did not split completely right away, only as they walked it kept
opening further. This was to teach them Bitachon.
8. The water covered them on all sides including above their heads forming a tent.
9. The floor of the Yam Suf dried completely like there was never any water there.
10. The floor became a beautiful mosaic.
11. The water formed crystals so that the shevatim were able to see each other.
There were fruit trees for the mother's to feed the crying hungry
children. It smelled of sweet fragrances and not sea water.
13. From the walls came sweet drinking water.
Not a single women miscarried from all the trauma of the Mitzri
onslaught and the stormy winds. Many of the women from the Eirev Rav
miscarried, as only the Jewish women were protected.
15. The depths
of the Yam Suf were leveled. They did not have any trouble going in or
out. The water formed a floor where it was deeper that other parts.
16. The leftover drinking water hardened in its place.
Even the old and infirm were able to move across swiftly without
holding everyone back, despite that it was nighttime and they were all
terrified of the Mitzrim who were in hot pursuit.
18. The walls of water stood so high all he nations of the world were able to see them.
19. Vegetation grew from the ground for the animals to eat.
20. The foolish Mitzrim chased then into the Yam Suf despite their bad experiences with the Makos.
21. When the Mitzrim entered the Yam the floor became quicksand swallowing them up.
22. The Amud Aish scorched the floor and the horses lost their shoes and burned their feet.
One wheel fell of of each chariot letting continue to move at top speed
while flipping over and over on its head until it reached the water.
24. Many Mitzrim fell out of their chariots and could not get up, as if they fell from great heights.
25. Hashem formed the waves into female horses, causing the horses to head towards them with great speed.
Even though the floor was muddy when a Mitzri fell it was hard like
rock. When the walls of water came crashing down on them it was hard
like stones, breaking their heads.
27. From the Shamayim it rained
down on the Mitzrim stones and hot coals. Also all the arrows they
shot were returned to them as fast as they went out.
28. The splitting of the Yam caused a huge booms that was heard throughout the world like a roaring lion.
29. The wind was at the same time hot and cool. It melted the ground for the Mitzrim and dried the water for Bnei Yisroel.
30. Although ice melts slowly, the walls of the Yam Suf melted instantly not giving the Mitzrim time to run away.
31. If a Mitzri escaped alive the water chased him and dragged him back in to drown him.
There are different opinions about the logistics but according to one
opinion, after the last Mitzri entered the Yam, all of Bnei Yisroel
were still inside. For Bnei Yisroel it remained split while the Yam on
the Mitzri side returned to its normal flow.
33. The Mitzrim that
were right behind the Bnei Yisroel could not jump over to their side
and were drowned. Similarly those near the shore also were not able to
retreat to safety.
34. Hashem stirred the Mitzrim in the water like a pot of soup.
35. The horses could not free themselves from their chariot preventing the agile horses from swimming ot the shore.
The powerful waters of the lowers depths rose to meet the waters of the
upper depths, painfully raking their bodies between the two currents
and stripping them of their clothes.
37. The waters tossed them up so that they can fall even deeper as they suffered at every level of the sea.
38. The floor of the Yam opened and swallowed many Mitzrim inside.
Hashem lifted Mitzrayim up so that the people can witness the
destruction of the Mitzri army in the Yam Suf. The waters of the Yam
Suf even went ot Mitzrayim to drown their families of the Mitzrim who
were in the Yam.
40. All the Mitzrim were then spit out to the dry
land so that the doubter among Bnei Yisroel can verify that they did
41. The Mitzrim landed on the shore near death but not
dead so that they can see that Bnei Yisroel survived. Another reason
was so that each person can identify his tormentor and finish him off
42. Although the many foreign soldiers in Paroh's army suffered in the Yam Suf they all survived.
Although Paroh led the way and took the brunt of the crashing sea
walls, he was the lone survivor, in order to tell the world the
greatness of Hashem.
44. Even Micha and the people that worshipped his avodah zara survived.
Although Bnei Yisroel took all the riches of Mitzrayim on the way out,
that was only from private people. The royal treasures remained
intact. They were taken by Paroh in the pursuit of Bnei Yisroel and
were washed ashore, for Bnei Yisroel to take, after the Mitzrim were
46. Even the Mitzrim that were swallowed inside the sea were spit out so that their death could be accounted for.
The land and the sea threw the Mitzrim back and forth since neither of
them wanted to take responsibility for them, until Hashem promised the
land it would not be held accountable so it swallowed them up for a
proper burial. As instruments in the Kiddush Hashem, the Mitzrim
48. Hashem performed Techias HaMeisim on Yaakov so
that he could witness that Hashem kept his promise and took his
children out of Mitzrayim. All of Bnei Yisroel saw Yaakov standing
there. Some say all three Avos were there.
49. All of Bnei Yisroel received Nevua, seeing the Shechina and saying the Shira simultaneously with Moshe.
50. All the babies and even children in their mother's womb said Shira.
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