Thursday, January 28th, 2010...10:14 pm
Kashe, Shabbos Shirah, Maharal.
“On Shabbos Shirah, 5702, the Previous Rebbe related that the Maharal of Prague (Rabbi Yehuda Lowe) established a custom — hopefully the custom will be reinstituted — that during the week before Shabbos Beshallach he would inform all the teachers and parents of small children to bring their children to the courtyard of the synagogue on Shabbos Shira. There they were told the story of the splitting of the sea and how the birds sang and chirped at the time that Moshe and the Jewish people burst out into the song of “Az Yashir.” The children picked fruits from the trees that had sprouted in the sea-bed and fed the singing birds. The Maharal then distributed “kashe” (buckwheat) to the children with which to feed the birds and fowl as a remembrance of the fruits of the sea which the children gave to the birds.” more@SichosInEnglish.org