Parashat Beshalach (When Pharaoh sent out the people)
The Midrash tells us a very interesting nuance to the crossing of the Red Sea.
When Moses lifted his rod, nothing happened. He tries again and again, and nothing. Panic. Moses seems to be powerless. Suddenly, out of the crowd, comes Nachshon ben Aminadav. To the astonishment of the people, Nachshon jumps into the water. The Red Sea opens.
Nachshon understood that up to this point, all the redemption was performed by G-d. Moses was following G-d's commandments; G-d sent the plagues to Egypt. It was time for human beings to become partners of G-d in the redemption process.
Today it is our time to jump and take the plunge.
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L