Kitzur Tefilat Amecha #30-31

[adapted for middle-schoolers by Rabbi Shmuel Jablon from Rav Aviner's three-volume commentary on the siddur "Tefilat Amecha"]

Day #30
There is a well known Midrash that when the Egyptians were drowning in the sea, the angels started singing songs of praise to Hashem. Hashem got angry at them and said, "My creations are drowning and you are singing?" So how could Moshe Rabbenu and the whole Jewish People sing praises while all this was happening?
The answer is that this is no problem. The angels were not to sing. Moshe Rabbenu was to sing! This is no wonder. The angels did not have their babies thrown into the river and did not suffer. The Jewish People experienced all of this and so when our enemies were defeated we had to sing praises to Hashem for His great miracle. The same is true today when we rejoice at Hashem causing our enemies to be defeated.

Day #31
As part of the Song at the Sea, and later in the last blessing of Shema, we say "Mi Chamocha" - Who is like Hashem among the gods. Is Hashem among the gods? Are there other gods? Of course not! The Egyptians believed in many gods. When Hashem strikes a nation, it is also as if he is striking against their false gods. They see that those gods could not save them. They see that all their beliefs were wrong. So here we are singing that Hashem is really the only G-d and the victory of Egypt showed that the Egyptian gods were nothing. Hashem is the great and Holy G-d.