Beshalach: Chapter 8

"Why do you cry out to Me"


Rabbi Yehuda speaks about Jonah crying out to Hashem from the belly of the fish. Rabbi Elazar confirms his statement that the fish died while Jonah was still in its belly, and says that when Jonah prayed, God revived the fish and brought it out to the dry land where it vomited out Jonah. He returns to the subject of the splitting of the sea, telling us that God told the children of Yisrael to go forward and refrain from speaking, because this was not a time for prayer.