Midrash Sefer, “Beshalch:” When the Children of Israel reached the seashore, the waves hit them and stood against them like a wall. But the Jews kept on their way into the sea, thus fulfilling the Creator’s command.
There was a dispute who about who should be given the right to jump into the sea first. The head of the tribe of Judah, Nahshon the son of Aminadav jumped into the sea and the tribe of Benjamin followed him. When the people of the tribe of Judah saw that the people of the tribe of Benjamin preceded them, they began to throw stones at them.
The Creator said: “I know that the dispute between Judah and Benjamin was in my honor, and therefore I shall repay both.” Benjamin was rewarded by the fact that the Temple was built on its estate and Judah held the honor of the kingdom.”
Nahshon, the son of Aminadav from the tribe of Judah, is an attribute the can ascend to a very high level in its faith.
A person doesn’t simply jump into the water for no reason, since is not a problem for any of us to jump into the water. It is about the development of the attribute of faith within us.
Faith is the attribute of bestowal that is high above all the huge desires that exist in all the twelve tribes. At the same time, a person has to demand it from the Creator in such a manner that he can lead the others after him.
Nahshon jumped first and thanks to that, all the others followed him, the same as they did on dry land. For them it was no longer a problem since they didn’t have to meet the same requirements.
Nahshon is the pure attribute of Bina. Therefore, he takes the whole common united ego and raises it to the level of GAR of Bina (absolute bestowal). It isn’t a desperate or irrational act. According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, everything is based on accurate calculations, but the calculations are based on the efforts done in order to reach the state of bestowal.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 4/30/14