RABBI SCHOENBERG'S EREV SHABBAT MESSAGE PARASHAT Ki Tisa
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Parshat Ki Tisa Shabbat Para Preparation for Passover Taught by Rabbi Elliot Salo Schoenberg
It is taught in the school of Rabbi Ishmael: To what may Israel when leaving Egypt be compared? To a dove who fled from a hawk and was about to enter a cleft in a rock when it came upon a serpent nesting there. If it enters the cleft, the serpent will hiss at the dove threateningly. If it turns back, the hawk stands outside ready to seize the bird. What did the dove do? It began to cry and beat its wings, so that the owner of the cote would come and deliver it. Israel at the Red Sea were in a similar plight. They could not go down into the sea, because the sea had not yet split. Nor could they go back, because Pharaoh had already drawn near. What did they do? They were sore afraid; and the children of Israel cried out unto the Holy One (Exodus 14:10). At once, the Holy One delivered Israel that day.
(Exodus 14:30). Shir Ha-Shirim Rabbah 2:14,