For Pesach and Beshalach
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My final message in the Insight would seem to actually supported by the fact that the opening verses in the Shira refer to God's Might against the Egyptians. This, I find, most significant in that the nation itself experienced their own miraculous salvation, passing through the Sea in a most tranquil way. This is really supported in the midrashic literature in that the land was dry and level and there were fruit trees growing from the water so that the people could enjoy a delicious fruit as they traveled. Yet, describing their own experience was not how they began the Shira for the greater reality of God's Existence is that He fills all aspects of Creation. As He saved the Jewish nation in such tranquility, He dealt with the Egyptians as they deserved, with the wrath of His Might -- and even, as the midrash explains, each Egyptian as individually deserving. That recognition of reality really brought forth shira.