One of the most exciting moments in the history of the Israelites – after crossing the red sea-is the singing of what we call in Hebrew Shirat Hayam- The song of the sea.
It’s fascinating to read the commentaries of one verse that appears in the song, as written:
” יְהוָ֖ה אִ֣ישׁ מִלְחָמָ֑ה יְהוָ֖ה שְׁמֽוֹ׃”
“The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name.”(Exodus 15:3)
Rashi claimed that “He is a man of war, but His Name is the Lord (the God of Mercy): even at the time when He battles against and avenges Himself upon His enemies, He retains His attribute (that’s expressed by His name ה׳) showing pity to His creatures and feeding all the inhabitants of the world”
Seforno wrote that “even though He at times appears as the איש מלחמה, the “Man” of war who destroys His foes by invoking the attribute of Justice, He is yet predominantly Hashem, the God who practice mercy. It is this attribute of His which is responsible for the continued existence of all His creatures.”
Bechor Shor says that the meaning of war here is that God is a hero.
Shadal mentioned that the name of The Lord is combined with two letters of rejoicing and two letters of sadness meaning the God is the source of all the good and evil.
Which commentary of the fourth above describe your thoughts about God?
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