Miriam danced on the
shores of the Red Sea after the Exodus. She wanted to praise God and
show gratitude for the miracle of the Jewish people's escape from
tried to imagine what kind of dancing could she have done before
600,000 people on the shores of the Red Sea that would have such an
impact that thousands of years later we still remember and talk about
envisioned her waving the billowing scarves to make her movements
larger and greater. Supposedly there was a men and a women's song. The
man's song included the phrase "Mi K' Mocha" (Who is like
You, Oh God), which is still used in our prayers today. The complete
women's song was lost in antiquity, though the remains of a phrase
believed to be part the original women's song was found by
archeologists carved in stone. This phrase, which illuminates the
beauty of the poetry, substantiates that the song actually existed.
It was Miriam who watched
over her younger brother Moses, when his mother hid him in the rushes
of the Nile. She was the one who approached the Egyptian princess
offering a wet nurse-his own mother- when Pharaoh's daughter chose to
adopt him as her own child.
did not lead alone. His brother and sister, Aaron and Miriam, were
pivotal in the survival of the Jewish people. The three of them
embodied different traits and qualities. It required all three of them
to lead the people out of Egypt and through the desert for forty
years. During the sojourn, Miriam provided her people with a sense of
gratitude and a sense of being nurtured. She provided sustenance for
their daily existence, for wherever they stopped for the night, Miriam
would point to the spot where they would find water.
of these paintings embodies the notion of Joy, and the incredible free
spirit of that immersion in Joy. In the last one, jubilation takes
flight as it contains a symbolic reference to her being an angel. Her
feet literally don't touch the ground, and her fabric is reminiscent
of an angel's wings.