Parshat Beshalach: Parshah Resources

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Splitting of the waters, above and below

Based on the wording describing the splitting of the Red Sea, the sages learn that all the waters on the earth split, not just the Red Sea. The Torah, teshuvah (return to God), and the Almighty Himself are likened to water, suggesting that they too experienced a type of split. Harav Ginsburgh explains the meaning of the split in the spiritual realm. Click here to view the video and read the full article.

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Mathematical and scientific parallels to the splitting of the waters 

The splitting of the waters at the Red Sea serves as a model for similar mathematical and scientific “splits.” Most notable is photolysis, a part of the photosynthesis reactions whereby a photon of light splits water, H2O, into hydrogen and oxygen. Treating water as 10 protons (2 in hydrogen and 8 in oxygen), splitting water can be likened to dividing 10 into 2 and 8. Similarly the Ten Commandments divide into 2 and 8. The other divisions of 10 (1-9, 3-7, 4-6, and 5-5) and their special place in Judaism are also discussed. Click here to view the video and read the full article.

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