Hallel as Shirah: Paragraph Two: Infinite Song
The Congregation of Israel said before the Holy One, Blessed is He, “Master of the Universe! We do not sing this Shirah only for the miracles You have performed for us, but for all the miracles You have performed for my ancestors and all generations.” This is the meaning of the verse, “The Lord of my fathers, and I will exalt Him.” (Mechiltah, Beshalach)
This paragraph of Hallel as Shirah is the real song that never ends: It is the song that allows us to join our response to witnessing and experiencing God’s miracles to the Song of the Sea.
- Take insights from the Seder that focused on parallels between the Haggadah and our current lives as human beings, as Jews, and as individuals, and “join” them to this song.
“When Israel left Egypt, Jacob’s family from among a people who spoke a strange language, Judah became God’s Holy Place, Israel, His realm.
The Sea saw it and ran away. The Jordan River reversed course. The mountains danced like deer, the hills like lambs.
What’s with you, Sea, that you flee? With the Jordan, that you turn around? With the Mountains, that you dance like deer? With the hills, like lambs?
Quake, you Land, before your Master, before the Lord of Jacob!
Who turned the rock into a pool of water. Pebbles into a source of water.”