Parshat Beshalach is known as Shabbat Shira, the Shabbat of Songs. In this week’s parsha, Hashem splits the sea so Bnei Yisrael can be saved from the Egyptians. Once they were saved, Bnei Yisrael were happy. The women took out their drums, and the men, women and children sang and danced. There is something about this that stands out and teaches how Jews who are God-fearing and love Hashem should act. Shabbat Shira is a Shabbat that teaches us to be grateful and realize that Hashem has a master plan. Bnei Yisrael were finally taking the next step in their journey to see that Hashem was doing everything for their benefit. Once they were able to realize that Hashem is there for them, then they were able to sing and spread it. It was not just when they were in pain that they called for Hashem, but it was after they were saved. Sometimes we ask Hashem for something and when the problem is solved or we get what we want, we take the credit and say it’s because I worked so hard for this to happen. In truth, everything is from above and we must take from Shabbat Shira that we should sing and talk to God not just when it’s bad but when it is wonderful. May the Jewish people come together for a joyous occasion and sing to Hashem soon.
By Shira Sedek