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Hallel as Shirah: Paragraph Three: The Blessing of Being Able To Sing

Rabbi Berachiah said: Come and see how privileged were those who went down into the Sea; How much did Moshe have to plead to “see” God, until he saw God’s Image, as it is written, “Show me Your Glory (Exodus 33:18).” The Holy One, Blessed is He, said to him, “You cannot see My face,” and in the end, “When My Glory passes before you,” was all he was shown. The Chayot that carry God’s Throne do not see God’s Image, and when the time comes for them to sing, they ask, “Where is the place of His Glory?” But those who ascended from the Sea were able to point with a finger and say, “This is my Lord.” The Holy One, Blessed is He, responded, “You said, ‘This is my Lord,’ but in the Future World you will say double This, as it is written, “And they will say on that day, ‘Behold, this is our Lord; we hoped to Him that He would save us; this is God to Whom we hoped, let us exult and be glad in His salvation (Isaiah 25:9).” (Shemot Rabbah 23:15)


This paragraph of Hallel as Shirah is a celebration of the blessing that comes to those who sing Hallel; the blessing that they will experience so much more that they will sing double what they can sing now.

  • Use this paragraph of Hallel as Shirah to celebrate the sense of expansion of your ability to sing God’s praises as an outgrowth of the Haggadah.

“God remembered us and will bless – Bless the House of Israel – Bless the House of Aaron – Bless those who are in awe of God, the insignificant with the great.

God will enhance you – you and your children.

You are blessed to God Who made the heavens and the earth.

The heavens are God’s, while the earth has been given to people.

The dead do not praise the Creator of Worlds, nor do those who go down to their doom. But we – we praise the Creator of Worlds – From now and forever –


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