Monday, February 25, 2013

The punishment of the Egyptians at the Sea


"Each of the pursuers of Israel met an unusual death, according to the way he had harmed Israel when they had lived in Egypt.

"Thus we say in the blessings of Shema, 'He drowned their pursuers and enemies in the depths.' The king's forces are termed 'pursuers' because they acted not out of hatred but out of service to the king; the rest of the Egyptians are called 'enemies'. One who was liable for his wickedness drowned, but also died under Divine supervision, with an appropriate punishment."

(R' Naftali Zvi Yehudah Berlin, Birkat haNetziv to Mechilta Beshalach 6)

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