1)

What did Moshe mean when he instructed Yisrael to be silent?

1.

Rashi (in Shir ha'Shirim, 1:9): He meant that they should stop praying. 1

2.

Targum Yonasan: Refer to 14:13:1:1.


1

And begin moving forward, as the following Pasuk states.

2)

Asking Yisrael not to participate in the battle against the Egyptians seems to clash with the principle 'Ein Somchin al ha'Neis'?

1.

It is indeed the exception to the rule. 1


1

See Meshach Chochmah. I once heard that the Pasuk can also be translated as 'Hashem will give you bread, but you must plow' - in accordance with the principle 'Ein Somchin al ha'Neis'.

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