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For the week ending 4 December 2021 / 30 Kislev 5782

Perek Shira: The Song of Existence - The Song of the Seas 1

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by Rabbi Shmuel Kraines

The ocean says: “More than the sounds of the great, mighty waters and the breaking ocean waves, mighty on high is Hashem”. (Tehillim 93:4)

The mighty oceans sing of Hashem’s unconquerable might. He holds back the water from flooding the land, and so too, the enemies of Israel from overrunning us.Moreover, the waves may be strong, but their strength is only from the wind and the pull of moon — which in turn are controlled by Hashem from on high. So too, the nations are powerless marionettes who discipline us at times, according to Hashem’s omnipotent will.

The fact that we are standing on dry land, and that we survive and even thrive in the midst of seventy wolf-like nations, is a constant testimony of Hashem’s desire for us to live here on earth. We, too, should hold steadfast to our traditions and ideals, and live in a way that justifies His colossal efforts.

  • Source: Based on Rashi

*In loving memory of Harav Zeev Shlomo ben Zecharia Leib

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