Beshalach, Amalek and Shabbat Shira

Most people see this week’s Torah portion, Beshellach as  a celebration of the defeat of Pharaoh and Egypt. While the text of Shirat Hayam – the song of the sea – is triumphalist in its tone and tenor, it also provides us with a stark message: a warning against the worship of power and self-aggrandizement.  BeShellach is the grand culmination of the conflict between Pharaoh and Moses. If you

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