Shlomo Ezagui

The Reed Sea and truth revealed

Tony L

The final days of Passover commemorate the Red Sea splitting and all Israelites passing through it on dry land in 12 distinct paths. The Bible tells us the miracles at that time were even more remarkable than those witnessed when going out of Egypt: “A maidservant saw at the splitting of the Red Sea more than the prophet Ezekiel did in his time,” and “Children were pointing at God and saying, “This is my God, and I will beautify him.”

The last days of Passover are also connected to the ultimate redemption with the coming of Moshiach. What is the connection?

According to our sages, everything a person has on dry land can be found in the seas. There is no essential difference between the two. There is a rich world beneath the waves, even more diverse than on land, with a dizzying array of life forms. The difference only exists in our eyes.

On dry land, we see everything before our own eyes; all is revealed and open, while the wondrous life that exists in the waters is more difficult to reach, see, and experience because it is concealed from us.

In this context, the seas represent concealment and a lack of revelation.

Openly, we only see the physical, material world. Openly, when we see the ocean waters, we know we are being lied to. These are the waters that conceal the truth of a hidden world. The cloudiest and most turbulent waters we encounter are similar to how the physical world presents itself as the ultimate reality and hides God from us.

With this thought in mind, the splitting of the seas represents the truth opening up before us, showing us that all is for good and that there is rhythm and rhyme to all the madness that is showing in our eyes. The essence, the spirit, and the real meaning mostly hidden from us become revealed. Instead of being fooled by what we see, we appreciate the Godly spark and hidden wisdom.

This is precisely what happened with the splitting of the Red Sea. The miracle was not only physical, pertaining to the actual waters that split at that time; what happened physically was only a reflection of what was taking place spiritually. The curtain of concealment was lifted, so the infinite, always present, was revealed. Seeing God means seeing wisdom in everything. Children could now see God as a reality equal to other aspects of the physical world.

When Moshiach comes speedily in our days, “The honor of God will be revealed, and all flesh together will see that it is the word of God that is speaking. “The world will be filled with God’s knowledge as the seas are filled with water.”

We will walk in the streets and hear the uplifting song and music of the Angels who continuously sing God’s praise. That is why it will be a time of eternal joy and happiness. “Then our mouths will be filled with laughter, and our tongues with songs of joy.”

The splitting of the Red Sea happened only once, but with the coming of Moshiach— God willing, very soon — this will become the normal way of the universe.

Chapter 141

About the Author
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui is an author and lecturer. "A Spiritual Soul Book" ( & "Maimonides Advice for the 21st Century" ( In 1987, Rabbi Ezagui opened the first Chabad Center in Palm Beach County, Florida, and the first Orthodox Synagogue on the island of Palm Beach, Florida.
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