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Parshat Beshalach

Dear STOCS Friend:


Last week, I was home for almost a week with the flu.  During that time, I found it difficult to keep up with my daily learning schedule. I had a fever, a sore throat, aches and a fuzzy mind.

One day I watched The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, part of the Marvel series. There was a fascinating story line about the “new” Captain America. His claim to fame was based upon all the decisions he made during heated battles and how he led his soldiers to victory. However, dwelling upon past exploits was not sufficient. Another “new “Captain America appeared; however, his vision of the “New” Captain America was quite disparate. A chapter or a story line not yet been written or choreographed rather his sense was to be proactive based upon the circumstances.

In this week’s parsha we have Nachshon Ben Aminadav taking the initiative. His belief in Hashem helped and motivated him to take charge by example. The Jewish People were standing at the Sea Reeds watching in terror as the Egyptian army quickly approached. Jews were arguing as to a plan of action thankfully, Nachshon Ben Aminadav took the lead.

The earlier Lubavitch Rebbe writes:

“One fellow named Nachshon jumped into the sea and caused the great miracle of the Splitting of the Sea. Technically, he was under no obligation to do so. But he knew that G‑d wanted Israel to move onward toward Sinai. So, he did what he needed to do. There was a sea in his way. So, he jumped into the sea and plowed on toward his goal. The lesson for all of us is that we must stay focused on our life’s mission, disregarding all obstacles.”

Eretz Yisroel and world Jewry are facing challenging times. Take a page out of Nachshon’s game plan and be prepared to overcome all obstacles that may come our way. Always take the initiative and overcome the hurdle!

This Shabbas is Parshat B’shalach. I hope to see you in shul. Shabbat Shalom!


Rabbi Shore


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