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1)

How does one translate "Azi v'Zimras Kah, va'Yhi Li li'Yeshu'ah"?

1.

Rashi #1 (citing Targum Onkelos) and Targum Yonasan: My strength and my praise 1 is the fear of Hashem 2 (which extends over the whole world -Targum Yonasan); He issued the command and it became my salvation.

2.

Rashi #2 and Seforno: The might and vengeance of Hashem was for me a salvation. 3

3.

Ramban (citing Ibn Ezra): My might is Hashem and Hashem is my song (of praise), for He was my salvation. 4

4.

Rashbam: Hashem is the might and the praise of Yisrael; He was for me a salvation.

5.

Ba'al ha'Turim (14:10): Uza, the angel of Egypt, had descended to assist his nation. Hashem opposed him, therefore it says "Azi".


1

See Rashi's objection (on grammatical grounds) to this explanation.

2

The Name Kah represents fear (Rashi in Tehilim, 68:5, citing Targum Onkelos).

3

Because by casting the horse and rider into the sea He revealed His might, that He is King of the world, and that it is therefore befitting for those who were saved to praise Him with song, in their rejoicing to be servants of the King of the world (Seforno).

4

See Ramban, 'al Derech ha'Emes'.

2)

Bearing in mind that throughout the Torah, Moshe uses Hashem's Name of 'Havayah', why here does he refer to Him as 'Kah'?

1.

Ramban (citing the Midrash Tanchuma): Hashem swore that His Throne and His Name will not be complete until the seed of Amalek is wiped out. 1


1

See Rashi below (17:16).

3)

What did they see that elicited the exclamation "Zeh Keili!"?

1.

Rashi: In all His glory Hashem revealed Himself to Yisrael (at the Yam-Suf), and they pointed at Him with the finger. 1

2.

Targum Yonasan: The babies left their mothers' breasts to point out the Shechinah to their fathers, and to tell them that this was the G-d who had fed them honey from the rock and oil from the hard rock. 2


1

Hence Chazal said that a maidservant at the Yam-Suf saw more than the prophets (Yechezkel ben Buzi) - with regard to the actual vision, but not as far as the depth of understanding is concerned (See Sifsei Chachamim).

2

Targum Yonason: With reference to when, in Egypt, their mothers had gone out to the fields, and, after giving birth to them and leaving them there, Hashem had sent an angel to bathe them and dress them.

4)

What is the meaning of "Ve'anveihu"?

1.

Rashi #1 (citing Targum Onkelos), Ramban (citing Ibn Ezra) and Seforno: I will build Him a sanctuary. 1

2.

Rashi #2: I will relate His beautiful characteristics to the whole world. 2

3.

Targum Yonasan: "And we will praise Him.

4.

Shabbos (133b): The Torah is teaching us here that we should perform Mitzvos beautifully. 3

5.

Shabbos (133b): One should aspire to be like Hashem 4 - to be gracious and merciful 5 like Him.


1

As in Yeshayah (33:20, 65:10). The Seforno adds 'and to Him alone I will pray.'

2

As in Shir ha'Shirim, 5:9-10 [Rashi]).

3

A beautiful Sukah, a fine Lulav, a nice Seifer-Torah (Gemara).

4

Rashi (Shabbos 133b): "Ve'anveihu" is like Ani va'Hu. (This is part of a name of Hashem derived from verses 14:19-21 above - Rashi Sukah 45a. Moshe used this name to split the sea, therefore we use it when praying for water on Hoshana Raba - Chizkuni 14:21).

5

Lev Eliyahu p.75: It does not say to have mercy like Him, rather, to be merciful like Him. (without limit). Also you should be merciful to the extent of your ability! This is like the difference between doing Chesed and loving Chesed.

5)

What is the significance of "Elokei Avi"?

1.

Rashi: My connection with Hashem did not begin with me; it is a legacy that I received from my fathers.

2.

Seforno: It means specifically the G-d of Ya'akov, who announced that Keil is the G-d of Yisrael (See Bereishis 33:20). 1


1

That He is awesome in His greatness (Midas ha'Rachamim) and in His Hashgachah (Midas ha'Din [Seforno]).

6)

What does "va'Aromamenhu" mean?

1.

Rashi: "and I will exalt Him (the G-d of my fathers)!" 1

2.

Ramban (citing Ibn Ezra): "and I will publicize His mighty deeds." 2

3.

Targum Onkelos: It means "and I will worship Him".


1

Divrei Eliyahu: Hashem calls Himself Elokei Avoseichem. He considers this glory, so saying Elokei Avi glorifies Him.

2

Refer to 15:2:1:2*.

7)

Rashi writes that a Shifchah at the Yam-Suf saw more than the prophets. What is the source for this?

1.

Kol Eliyahu: The second half of the verse "Elokei Avi" excludes slaves; slaves said "Zeh Keli." This shows that they saw different matters.

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