Parashat Beshalach

By Rabbi Aharon Seleh: In this week’s Parsha, Hashem tells Moshe, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell Israel to journey forth!” What was wrong with praying then?

The Ohr Hachaim explains Israel was in grave danger then because the prosecutor was claiming they were undeserving of being saved. In that situation one needs powerful mitzvot to save him. Hashem told them, “Go forth into the sea before it splits! The power of bitachon in me will save them.”
The Baal Shem Tov adds the most powerful segula in a situation is bitachon. Realize there is nothing besides Hashem. He is behind everything and in a second He could take you out. A person must realize if they are not satisfied with themselves, even with their spiritual level, they cannot come to emuna! If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love anybody else, including Hashem. You cannot believe in Hashem. Realize Hashem takes pride in you and rejoices in you just the way you are. We all have what to improve on. Hashem will wait patiently. But meanwhile Hashem has tremendous love for you just the way you are.