On this Shabbat, some have a custom to eat buckwheat (as this week we also learn about the Manna, which resembled buckwheat), and to speak about being kind to animals, as the Jewish children, while crossing the sea, would pick fruits and feed them to birds.
We actually recite the Shir Shel Yam every morning in our daily prayers. This underscores the incredible significance this event had on Jewish life. When everything in our world looks bleak, and we are “drowning” in troubles, be they financial, spiritual, health, etc., we need to always remember to trust G-d, that even a Sea of negativity can be miraculously split for us. As Rabbi Avigdor Miller commented once, “Don’t tell Hashem how big your troubles are. Tell your troubles how big Hashem is.
Today (the 10th of Shevat) also marks the Yartzeit of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson in 1950, and the day his son-in-law, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, officially became the Rebbe one year later in 1951.
We had a very successful trip in LA and are happy to be back on the coast. We are eager to start some new programs in the coming weeks. Purim is just around the corner, and we are already planning some wonderful events for our community.