The splitting of the Red (Reed) Sea was the remarkable miracle that indisputably confirmed the Hebrews as free people. The Egyptians had chased them into the desert, hoping to force their former slaves to return; Moses extended his hand over the sea, God drove back the waters with a powerful easterly wind and the Israelites entered the seabed on dry land.
There’s a famous question posed by the Bais Yosef as to why we celebrate Chanukah for eight days and not seven, as the flask of oil the Maccabees found had enough to last one day, so the miracle was really only for the seven days after that.
Shabbat candles: 4:11 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 32:4-36:43
Haftarah: Hosea 11:7-12:12
(Ashkenaz); Book of Obadiah
(Sephard) Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.
Not since he was a fugitive nearly 22 years before had Jacob known such loneliness. In his life there had been no vacuum. With God’s blessing at Beth-El came not one, but four wives, as well as a proliferation of children, livestock, servants, and even angels, keeping him so preoccupied that he barely had a moment to himself. Suddenly it was all threatened.