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HaShem Will Fight For You, But You Shall Remain Silent

וַיֹּ֨אמֶר משֶׁ֣ה אֶל־הָעָם֘ אַל־תִּירָ֒אוּ֒ הִתְיַצְּב֗וּ וּרְאוּ֙ אֶת־יְשׁוּעַ֣ת ה' אֲשֶׁר־יַֽעֲשֶׂ֥ה לָכֶ֖ם הַיּ֑וֹם כִּ֗י אֲשֶׁ֨ר רְאִיתֶ֤ם אֶת־מִצְרַ֨יִם֙ הַיּ֔וֹם לֹ֥א תֹסִ֛פוּ לִרְאֹתָ֥ם ע֖וֹד עַד־עוֹלָֽם: ה' יִלָּחֵ֣ם לָכֶ֑ם וְאַתֶּ֖ם תַּֽחֲרִשֽׁוּן:

“Moshe said to the people, Don't be afraid! Stand firm and see the Lord's salvation that He will wreak for you today, for the way you have seen the Egyptians is [only] today, [but] you shall no longer continue to see them for eternity. HaShem will fight for you, but you shall remain silent.”

These psukim from Parshat BShalach emphasize the importance of faith and trust in God. Moshe tells the people not to be afraid and to stand and see the salvation that God will perform for them that day. The Egyptians they saw that day would never be seen again. God will fight for them, and they are to remain still.

Even in the face of fear and uncertainty, we must have faith in God's ability to help us and provide for us. We are reminded that God has control and that we need not worry about the outcome. The message is also one of action, as we must stand and witness the salvation that God provides, instead of cowering in fear.

In our own lives, we can apply this lesson by trusting in God's plan for us and relying on His protection and guidance. When faced with challenges, we should remember to stand firm in our faith and not let fear control us. God is always with us, and we can have confidence in His ability to provide for us and see us through any difficulty.

Rashi explains the phrase "stand and see the salvation of the Lord" to mean that Bnei Yisrael should stand still and watch as God performs miracles for them. Rashi also explains that God's promise that Bnei Yisrael would never see the Egyptians again is a reference to their military might and power, which would be diminished by God's actions.

Ramban offers a different interpretation. He explains that Moshe’s message was not simply to watch God's actions passively, but to actively believe and trust in God's promise. Bnei Yisrael were to remain still and not engage in battle, but to trust that God would fight for them and bring them victory. In this sense, Ramban sees the phrase "stand and see" as an instruction to actively believe and trust in God's plan.

Both Rashi and Ramban offer insight into the meaning of Moshe’s message to Bnei Yisrael. Rashi emphasizes the importance of witnessing God's power, while Ramban highlights the need for faith and trust in God's promise of salvation. Together, they highlight the central themes of faith and trust in God that are emphasized in these psukim.



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