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Ch. 14, v. 10: "U'Pharoh hikriv" - Paroh with all his wicked actions distanced himself from Hashem, and in turn in relation to his distance brought the bnei Yisroel closer to Hashem. (Rabbi Hirsch Lisker in Ach Pri S'vuoh)

Ch. 14, v. 10: "U'Pharoh hikriv .. va'yitzaku vnei Yisroel" - Paroh, by bearing down upon the bnei Yisroel with his army, brought the bnei Yisroel to repent. This is why they cried out to Hashem, because Paroh had a part in bringing them to repent. (Rabbi Yitzchok Yaakov in Divrei Vinoh)

Ch. 14, v. 10: "U'Pharoh hikriv .. va'yeeru m'ode" - The bnei Yisroel had greater fear of Paroh's coming close to them and giving off negative influences, than of the actual battle that they thought would ensue. (Rabbi Ben Zion of Bobov in Kedushas Zion)

Ch. 14, v. 10: "Va'yeeru m'ode .. va'yitzaku" - The bnei Yisroel cries out in anguish because of the pain that they experienced from fearing a human, Paroh. (Chidushei HoRi"m)

Ch. 14, v. 11: "Hamibli ein k'vorim b'Mitzrayim" - Without the trait of "ayin," that one feels about himself that he is negligible, he is left buried in the spiritual grave of Egypt. (Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Nadvorna)

Ch. 14, v. 19: "Va'yisa malach hoElokim haholeich lifnei macha'nei Yisroel ve'yeilech mei achareihem" - Even though angels are usually on a higher spiritual plane than the bnei Yisroel, in this instance when Hashem was about to wrought a major miracle out of His sheer love for them, the angel was below their level. (Kedushas Levi)

Ch. 14, v. 20: "V'lo korav zeh el zeh kol halayloh" - Just as the bnei Yisroel were delivered from the evil plans of Paroh, so too will the bnei Yisroel be delivered from other exiles, but this will be in the merit of "v'lo korav zeh el zeh," by distancing ourselves from the host country's negative influences, "kol halayloh," throughout the time of exile, which is compared to night. (Rabbi Chananioh Yom Tov Lipa of Siget in Kedushas Yom Tov)

Ch. 14, v. 28: "Lo nishar bo'hem ad echod" - None of their denial was left in them, to the point of their admitting "Hashem echod ushmo echod." (Rabbi Moshe of Pshavorsk in Ohr Pnei Moshe)

Ch. 14, v. 31: "Va'yar Yisroel es ha'yod hagdoloh .. va'yaaminu baShem" - Even though the bnei Yisroel saw the salvation of Hashem in a miraculous manner with their eyes, leaving no room for doubt, nevertheless, "va'yaaminu," there was room for belief. (Chidushei HoRi"m)

Ch. 15, v. 1: "Yoshir Moshe uvnei Yisroel" - The verb "yoshir" is in the causative form, "hifil." Moshe and the bnei Yisroel through their singing the praises of Hashem instilled into whole world the ability to join in praising Hashem. (Rabbi Naftoli of Ropshitz in Zera Kodesh)


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