In Parshat Beshallach, the famous “Song of the Sea ” is chanted by Israel after crossing successfully. The song make three references to the drowning of the Egyptians: They drown like straw, stone and lead. Rashi comments that the wicked ones, bobbed up and down like straw, ie a slow death. The midlevel ones died like stone, and the “Casherimn” (kosher or proper ones) died quickly by going down fast- like lead.
The Shikkerdovid would like to raise a question. Where there really “Kosher” or proper or good Egyptian soldiers? Where there ones that we would consider “good”, yet they still died at the sea doing their duty as soldiers? Is this fair to hold against a simple innocent Egyptian soldier responsible for the the cruelty of his general. Does he have a defense of ” I was just following orders?” The point is that even Rashi admits some where “Kosher.”
The events of the past few weeks indicate that this is yet another example of life being unfair, inequitable and beyond the understanding of our human understanding. It is the reality of our lives. It would be nice to think that Gd could manifest his rulings between the just and unjust. It would be nice to think that the good Egpytians were saved. However, that is not realty. That is fantasy. Goodness is not always rewarded. We are held to an incomprehensible standard of justice, reward and punishment. The lesson for us is that we can only do our best. We can only be as “kosher” as we can and recognize that even goodness is not enough. It is stone, staw and lead reality of life.