Hope you’re having a great day.
The Jews finally leave Egypt.
The sea splits. The Jews are saved. And the Egyptians drown. (Exodus, 13:17-15:22)
And the Jewish People sing praises to G-d.
The song is part of the daily morning service until today.
Moshe led the men. And his sister, Miriam, led the women.
“Miriam …took the drum in her hand. And all the women followed her with drums and dancing. Miriam led them…” (Exodus, 15:20-21)
The women added something to the singing. Spirit. Music and dancing.
You might say, the men sang… la la la la.
And the women? LA LA LA LA!
… It’s interesting.
Drums? In the desert?
Where did they come from?
Even Wal-Mart didn’t exist in the desert!
… The Talmud tells us the answer.
That even in the worst times in Egypt, the women never lost hope.
Miriam inspired them to have faith. That they would survive. Would leave Egypt.
And that they would celebrate the miracle.
So they prepared drums for the occasion. And took them along when they left Egypt!
… There were so many times in our history when it was hard to see a Jewish future.
Hard to see that the Jewish People would even survive.
And very often it was the Jewish woman that kept us going.
… She remembered Miriam. Remembered her faith. Her drums.
And her faith in the Jewish future!
All the best,