Hallel as Shirah: Paragraph Five: Before the World
Rabbi Akiva says, this means, “I will speak of the prophecies and praises of the One, Who spoke and brought the world into being, before all the nations of the world.” For the nations of the world ask Israel, “What is your beloved more than another beloved (Song of Songs 5:9)” that you are willing to die for Him? “You, Israel, are beautiful. You are mighty. Come and join us!” Israel responds to the nations and says, “Let us share just some of His praises.” When the nations hear just the beginning of God’s praises, they say, “Allow us to join you in praising Him!” But Israel responds, “My Beloved is to me, and I am His (6:1),” our relationship is unique and cannot be shared.” (Mechiltah, Beshalach)
The theme of this paragraph of Hallel as Shirah is to share some of the praises of God, inspiring all the nations of the world to join us in praising Him.
- Review the new insights into God that you have been granted over Pesach and consider how you can present them to others so that they will desire to sing with you.
“All you nations; Praise God!
Sing compliments, all you peoples!
For His kindness overpowers us, and God’s Truth is forever.
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