Kriyat Yam Suf, Achdut, and Sefirat HaOmer: Takeaways from Pesach

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ויבאו בני ישראל בתוך הים ביבשה והמים להם חומה מימינם ומשמאלם” – שמות יד:כב”
ובני ישראל הלכו ביבשה בתוך הים והמים להם חמה מימינם ומשמאלם” – שמות יד:כט”

Why does the Torah virtually repeat the pasuk with minor differences? Did they go into the sea which then turned into dry land or did they walk into the sea after it was already dry? The Vilna Gaon answers that it refers to two distinct groups.

The Meshech Chochma asks: Bnei Yisrael were redeemed because they maintained their Jewish identity and unity. Why was the Satan almost able to prevent Bnei Yisrael being saved at the Yam Suf but not in Egypt? The connection between Pesach and freedom on the one hand and Shavuot and serving God on the other hand.

Delivered at the OU Israel Center, April 28th, 2019, 23 Nisan 5779

This shiur is sponsored by Mel David

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