Shirat HaYam / Song of the Sea

Beshalach is such an eventful parsha, and I love its soundtrack: The song sung upon crossing the Sea of Reeds.

Shira HaYam is itself eventful, and this is my favorite part: “Ozi v’zimrat Yah, vay’hi li lishuah.”

עָזִּי וְזִמְרָת יָהּ וַיְהִי לִי לִישׁוּעָה

I don’t dislike the militaristic verses of the song, but these particular lines are hypnotic, calming, and elevating. If you’re not moved, you’re not paying attention.

I have no recordings of my favorite rendition, as that happens every Shabbat at a certain shul I love. But Mishkan Chicago Davening Team‘s rendition, above, is a close second. (I love all of their music and you will not be disappointed if you choose to listen to them, whether you share their hashkafa or not.)