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DRIVE-BY SINGING

by Stuart W.    
Torah from Dixie Staff Writer    

"Then Moses and the Children of Israel sang this song. . ." (Exodus 15:1).

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"Then Moses and the Children of Israel sang this song. . ." (Exodus 15:1).

"Well, that's enough Torah for one day," said Dave, as he closed his Artscroll Chumash. He had just finished reading about the splitting of the Red Sea, and was beginning to study the song that the Israelites sang after this miraculous event, when he realized that he had almost forgotten about the game. "It's a good thing I remembered to 'split'," he laughed, "the game's about to start."

Dave headed for his car a 1999 Corvette. "What a beauty. I sure am lucky to have her," he thought as he got into the car. Putting his Chumash in the back seat, he closed the door and started the engine. VROOM, went the engine as Dave sped off to go to his friend's house to watch the Super Bowl. It was a snowy day, but Dave had driven in worse weather. For the time being though, he would play it safe.

Going only 15 miles per hour was a sure way to miss the game. Dave knew he had to speed up. He pushed on the gas pedal, and slowly the odometer went from 15 to 20 to 25 to 30. "Hey, I'm doing alright," Dave thought, and relaxed in his seat. Just then, he heard a skidding sound. "Uh-oh," said Dave, as he lost control of the wheel. He tried to brake and turn towards the road, but to no avail. The Corvette was heading for a ditch. Dave felt himself being pulled sideways as the car went down the hill. Then, suddenly, the car stopped. Dave sighed in relief. He looked up, and saw his car door above his head. He opened the door and climbed out. The car was on a 45 degree angle on a hill, and could have easily flipped over. Dave reached for his cell phone and called AAA. Within a half-hour a tow truck was there, and five minutes later the car was back on the road.

Dave just stood on the side of the road staring at the car. He had all but forgotten about the game. The Corvette had no damage and, more importantly, Dave's body remained unscathed. "Wow," he finally blurted out. "I could have been killed!" Dave realized he had to do something. He could not just forget what had happened. He was like the Israelites at the Red Sea whom he had read about. They had expected seemingly inevitable doom at the hands of the Egyptians, and were miraculously saved by Hashem. Likewise, Dave had thought the worst would happen, yet he was saved. There was not even any damage to his car. He had to do something to preserve this moment so that he would never forget it. Dave reached into his car and pulled out the Chumash. Then, verse by verse, he began to sing the famous Song at the Sea, which the Jewish people sang after they witnessed their Egyptian taskmasters perish in the Red Sea. People driving by began to slow down to gape at this nut singing in the snow, but Dave did not care. Louder and louder he sang, until he finished with the verse, "Hashem will reign for all eternity" (Exodus 15:18).

The next morning, Dave went to synagogue earlier than he usually did. He requested from the rabbi that he be called to the Torah. After completing the blessings on the Torah with intense concentration, he then began the thanksgiving blessing recited by those who have been saved from a precarious situation: "Blessed are You, Hashem, King of the universe, who bestows good things upon the guilty, who has bestowed every goodness upon me."

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