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The Prophetess of Redemption
The Israelites were redeemed from Egypt in the merit of the righteous women of the generation.
During their sojourns in the wilderness, the Jewish people were granted a mobile well in Miriam's merit. Water - the most crucial of their needs - was in her merit since it was entirely to Miriam's credit that the Jews continued to procreate in Egypt in spite of Pharaoh's decrees.
Splitting the Illusions in Two
The water of the sea conceals that which is within its depths
The water of the sea conceal that which is within its depths. When G d split the Red Sea, He removed that concealment, revealing the dry land underneath, representing G d's removal of divine concealment in the world. This splitting of the Sea gave the Jewish people for all generations the strength to withstand any obstacles blocking their path.
Holding Out for Redemption
A positive outlook characterizes redemption-age consciousness.
Through returning to G-d, a person elevates the sparks of holiness that, until then, were hidden away in the physical world. When the Jews left Egypt they had the power of repentance and thus were able to raise the sparks of holiness. Therefore, even though Pharaoh was chasing them, he was powerless against our "high hand" - our "high" strength to elevate the sparks.
Shabbat on Saturday Night
The souls of the righteous leave their graves at noon on Erev Shabbat, and do not return until midnight on Saturday night.
The sanctity of Shabbat lasts only during Shabbat, and as soon as we make havdala, the sanctity ends; However, the blessing of Shabbat extends into Saturday night and the Shabbat queen is still with us while we eat the Melaveh Malka meal.
The Soul of Song
Kabbalah states: The only way a soul can move about is through song.
Song has the ability to transport the soul is because its true nature and the source of its power is its Divine language: Song is a dialect from another plane. If the conventional word is the language of man, music is the language of the Divine.
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