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The Netziv in his sefer Meromei Sadeh here in his explanation of the Tosafos in Sotah 37a, explains that there was a dispute between the tribe of Yehudah and Binyamin about the best way to glorify Hashem’s name with the splitting of the sea. Yehudah held that it was better to wait and let the strong wind continue to gradually dry the sea and this would ...


Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch on the same usage in Ki Sisa 32:7 says that at this point they did not act or regard themselves as Hashem's nation but as people who had been brought out by Moshe. Many of the meforshim state that the original intent of the calf was not avodas zarah but as a symbol for Moshe. Rashi, among others, states that the Eirev Rav were ...

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