Beshalach 5767 – the Greatness of G-d

This week’s parsha has the famous Shiras Ha’Yam – Song of the Sea, which Moshe and the Children of Yisroel sang after they safely crossed the Yam Suf (Reed Sea) while the Egyptians drowned in it. In the song, it says “Hashem Ish Milchama” – G-d is the Master of War. Rashi points out that the word used for G-d in this phrase is the name that is associated with G-d’s compassion. Therefore, G-d is mentioned as being compassionate in war. What is this supposed to mean? So Rashi continues and notes that when G-d fights a war, he also continues to take care of the rest of the world at the same time. Compare this to a human king. When a human king fights a war, he turns all of his attention to the war. All of the Government’s budget is focused on the one thing: winning the war. The domestic problems are put on the back burner until the war comes to a conclusion. Not with G-d, though. He continues to care and support the world while He fights a war.

I think this gives us an insight that we should constantly try to think about. A person can only do one thing at a time. We can only be in one place at a time. Hashem, though, can be in every place at the same time. He can take care of everything at the same time. He can take care of each and every person at every single moment of every single day. Not only that, but he takes care of many different things for every single person at every single moment. We cannot blink our eyes without Hashem doing more things for us than we can count. And not only does He do it for you, but He does it for every single person in the world at that moment!

If we begin to think about this, we will come to a much higher understanding of G-d. If every day we think about the greatness of G-d for a few moments, we will start behaving differently. Our prayers will be much different. Our actions will be much different. When we start to realize how really great Hashem is, we will connect with G-d in a more meaningful way and become better people.

Good Shabbos!
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