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                                                                   into escapism than face the task of finding God in His world; the
                                                                   realists, who see the hopelessness of the situation and are re-
      A Message from our Rabbinic Intern                           signed to a Judaism without passion; the radicals, who are pre-
                                                                   pared to take arms and fight physicality rather than transform it;
                             Rabbi Yehoshua Lefkowitz              and the ecclesiasts, who turn to prayer and divine intervention
                                                                   but won’t get their hands dirty.

                                                                   Moshe taught us otherwise. “Let them travel” – we can turn to
                                                                   our ocean and recognize that we can walk through it; that the
                                                                   mask Hashem hides behind within our world is there so that we
                                                                   seek Him. Every struggle is not random but a segment of a divine
                                                                   plan. Every good deed is not isolated but another expression of
                                                                   Godliness within our lives.

                                                                   We cross our sea when we endeavor to see the spiritual within
                                                                   the physical. And this will bring the ultimate expression of a spir-
                                                                                                           4,5
                                                                   itually uplifted world – the coming of Moshiach.


                                                                   Rabbi Yehoshua Lefkowitz

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        How do I cross the sea?                                    1 2  On Shemos 14:13 (at end)
        (It’s too cold to swim!)                                   3  Shemos 14:13-15
                                                                     See Tehillim 66:6  “He transformed the sea into dry land”
                                                                   4  Based on a Sicha of the Rebbe, 10 Shvat, 5722
        Less than a week out of Egypt after centuries of servitude, we   5  See Yeshayahu 40:5
        found ourselves pinned between the rolling sea and the railing
        army of Pharaoh. This was not a situation we had been trained for.
        Unsurprisingly, there was discussion on what to do. The Mechilta 1
        details how there were four groups, each with a different idea:
        there were the avoidants, who’d rather plunge into the sea than
        return to slavery; the realists, who saw the hopelessness of the
        situation  and  where  resigned  to  surrender;  the  radicals,  who
        were prepared to take arms and defend themselves in battle; and
        the ecclesiasts, who turned to prayer and divine intervention.
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        Which did Moshe agree with? None of them. Moshe replied,  “stand
        and see the salvation of Hashem that He will perform for you to-
        day” – don’t jump into the sea, “this that you see the Egyptians
        today, you will not see them again in the future” – don’t consider
        surrender, “Hashem will fight for you” – war is not the correct
        choice, “and you shall remain silent” – and neither is prayer. What
        should they do? Hashem told Moshe to instruct them, “let them
        travel,” the sea would not stand in their way.
        It’s 5781, 3333 years after we crossed that sea. But Torah is eter-
        nal. So what are the contemporary voices of those four groups
        that got it wrong, and what is the fifth voice “let them travel” that
        we should follow? And which sea are we crossing?
        Every day we come out of Egypt, “Mitzrayim” – the Hebrew word
        for boundaries. Despite all the challenges we face, we live our
        lives according to Halacha, but we are still faced by the sea. The
        sea is concealment, deep waters that mask Hashem’s presence
        in our lives, and we must split that ocean. Walking through its                   It’s 5781,
        waters on dry land is the metaphor for revealing Hashem’s imma-   3333 years after we crossed that sea.
        nence in a world of physicality. 3                                         But Torah is eternal.

        But it is not easy. There are the avoidants, who’d rather plunge


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