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SING OUT LOUD, SING OUT PROUD

by Rabbi Yonason Goldson    
Torah from Dixie Staff Writer    

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

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

There exists a limitless potential within each and every one of us. Hashem placed in the heart of every Jew a spark of the divine, and through sincere desire our words and deeds can rise upward and affect the very design of creation. It was thus, when the Children of Israel beheld the splitting of the sea, that their imminent miraculous salvation inspired them to sing praises to the one who would save them; so can we resolve the grammatical anomaly of scriptures use of the future "will sing" instead of the past "sang". Indeed, we must never come to believe that Hashem does not hear our prayers or care for our good deeds, and therefore the Torah relates that when the Children of Israel witnessed the miracles at the sea, so great was their desire to sing the praises of Hashem that divine providence guided their tongues so that their human words would find a place in the immortal Torah.

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The ideas in this Dvar Torah were originally expressed by the Sfas Emes, a 19th-century leader of Polish Jewry.

Rabbi Yonason Goldson was a teacher at the Yeshiva High School of Atlanta.

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