Kitzur Tefilat Amecha #46-47

[adapted by Rabbi Shmuel Jablon from Rav Aviner's three-volume commentary on the siddur "Tefilat Amecha"] #46 When we say "Mi Ka-Mocha" - "Who is like You, Hashem," we are saying the same words that we all said together at Kriyat Yam Suf. This was an amazing miracle by itself. After having this incredible experience, every member of the Jewish People sang the same praise, word for word, together! How could this happen? At that point the entire Jewish People had Ruach Ha-Kodesh. Everyone believed what they were saying with all of their hearts and minds. And so everyone sang together "They made Hashem our King." Hashem rules forever over us. This isn’t just about the past, it’s about the present and future. The Nation of Israel is promising that Hashem is our King forever. #47 We end the blessings of Kriyat Shema with the blessing of Ga'al Yisrael. The first blessing is about Hashem ruling over nature. The second is about Torah, Mitzvot and Hashem’s love for us and choosing of us. In the Shema itself, we accepted Hashem as our King, Hashem’s Mitzvot and that he took us out of Egypt. Now we are saying that Hashem freed the Jewish People, and will do so once again. The original freeing from Egypt was the beginning. It has continued and will eventually result in the Complete Redemption. The Halacha is that we must connect "Geulah" to "Tefilah." This means that once we say the blessing of "Ga'al Yisrael" we must immediately say the Amida. We cannot speak, think about anything else or do anything else. They must be connected. This reminds us that everything we daven for in the Amida, both for ourselves and for Klal Yisrael, is part of asking for the Complete Redemption. We don’t just focus on ourselves. We focus on all of Klal Yisrael and the whole world, and that means asking for the Complete Redemption.