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A LEAP OF FAITH

by Rabbi Daniel Estreicher    
Torah from Dixie Staff Writer    

While the great miracle of the splitting of the Red Sea is well-documented, many people are not aware of the important factor which was needed for this event to take place. Hashem was unwilling to perform this awesome miracle until He saw man's willingness to exhibit faith in Him.

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While the great miracle of the splitting of the Red Sea is well-documented, many people are not aware of the important factor which was needed for this event to take place. Hashem was unwilling to perform this awesome miracle until He saw man's willingness to exhibit faith in Him. Therefore, it was not until Nachshon the son of Aminadav of the tribe of Yehudah bravely jumped into the water, showing unbelievable faith in Hashem, that the sea actually parted. As a result of Nachshon's great act of faith, the position of leadership and royalty was bestowed upon his tribe of Yehudah. The great King David descended from this tribe, as well as the Mashiach (Messiah) who will bring the ultimate redemption.

We can learn several very important lessons from Nachshon. First of all, we must all be active members in the service of Hashem. We cannot expect to sit back and wait for miracles to happen. Hashem is willing to do many wonderful things for us, but we must first show that we are deserving by taking the initial step ourselves.

Secondly, we must realize that every one of us can make a difference. We have no idea how great our potential really is until we step forward. Even though a certain cause may be dangerous or unpopular, if we are willing to take a leap of faith, we can affect eternity. This is what Hashem wants from us, and it is up to us to meet His challenge.

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Rabbi Daniel Estreicher has been a teacher at the Yeshiva High School of Atlanta for more than two decades.

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