January 28, 2021 / 15 Teves, 5781 • Parshat Beshalach
Issue 651
Dedicated in loving memory of Mrs. Miriam Friedman

Israel saw G-d's mighty arm…they believed in G-d:

Exodus 14:31

Generally, after seeing something, we no longer need to

accept it on faith. If so, after seeing G-d's great hand, why

did the Jewish people still need to believe in G-d and Moses?

The answer is that once they had seen and validated what

they had previously only believed in, they were able to "upgrade"

their belief and believe in that which remained beyond what

they had seen; they believed in what they had not seen.

The potential to do this is infinite. We struggle to perceive what

we currently believe; when we succeed in doing so, we realize

that there is still more about G-d to believe in. In this way we

perpetually broaden the horizons of our faith and our capacity

to relate to G-d on ever-higher levels.

—From the Kehot Chumash