The seventh day of Pesach, “Shvi’i shel Pesach”, begins tonight, running straight on into Shabbat tomorrow night, giving us an “8-day Pesach” along with our fellow Jews in the Diaspora (who celebrate an extra day of the festival).
Shvi’i shel Pesach is the day the Children of Israel finally crossed the Red Sea into the Sinai Desert after fleeing Egypt, witnessing the miraculous Splitting of the Sea.
There is a nice Dvar Torah about the power of the 7th day, Shvi’i shel Pesach in Arutz Sheva (from last year, but the Torah is timeless):
On the eve of the seventh day they descended into the sea, as it says ‘there was cloud and darkness which lit up the night’ [v. 20]. At daybreak Israel came up out of the Red Sea and the Egyptians were drowned. At that moment Israel sang the Song at the Sea, as it says ‘then Moshe and the children of Israel sang…’ . That was a Thursday, and it was the final Yom Tov day of Pesach” (Seder Olam Rabbah, Chapter 5).
We say the Hallel prayer (songs of praise to G-d) every day during Pesach, and the second verse, , from Tehillim קי’ד (Psalms 114), recalls that miraculous event and is most appropriate to mark the seventh day.
The words are as follows:
Psalms Chapter 114 תְּהִלִּים
Here are a couple of videos with radically different versions of the song. 🙂
The first is by yeshiva students in Sydney Kollel, with a modern version complete with cute graphics:
And here is the Chazan (Cantor) Avremi Rath singing the famous classical Modzitz version:
Chag Same’ach and Shabbat Shalom! I won’t be online until Saturday night or Sunday at the very earliest.