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For, in Scripture, the name is regarded as the manifestation of character or of deepest purpose, whence also a new name was generally given after some decisive event, which for ever after stamped its character upon a person or place.
God’s reaction to Israel’s distress at the pursuit of the Egyptians is reported cryptically in 14:15. Rabbi Eliezer ruminated as follows: The Holy One said to Moses: “Moses, your children are in distress, the sea is barring the way while the enemy is pursuing, and you stand there and recite long prayers! Thus Rabbi Eliezer used to say: There is a time to shorten and a time to lengthen prayers.