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This module contains one key debate amongst the various classical commentaries of Chumash. 

 

The emotional climax of the parsha is the jubilant song of praise the Jewish people sing after God splits the Red Sea and saves them from the Egyptians. One specific praise has endured through the generations of Jewish history

 

מִֽי־כָמֹ֤כָה בָּֽאֵלִם֙ יְהוָ֔ה 

Who is like You, God, among the mighty

 

Jews have echoed this sentiment for generations when God’s might can be seen. However, it is unclear exactly who we are comparing God to. Who are the “Elim” ( mighty), that God surpasses?

 

Rashi interprets the verse to be talking about people of strength. Following the destruction of the Egyptian army, the Jews are praising God by saying that no army, no matter how strong, is a match for God. The Ohr Hachayim says the verse is referring to something a little more mystical. He says that one of the names of God is E-L. “Elim” refers to the celestial powers, specifically angels. The Jews are praising God by saying even the angels cannot compare to God in terms of power and might, God is in a different league even compared to other Heavenly powers.