The first verse in this week’s parasha contains many hints to the future of the Jewish People. It is said (Devarim 1:1) אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר מֹשֶׁה אֶל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּעֵבֶר הַיַּרְדֵּן בַּמִּדְבָּר בָּעֲרָבָה מוֹל סוּף בֵּין פָּארָן וּבֵין תֹּפֶל וְלָבָן וַחֲצֵרֹת וְדִי זָהָב, these are the words that Moshe spoke to all of Israel, on the other side of the Jordan, concerning the Wilderness, concerning the Aravah, opposite the Sea of Reeds, between Paran and Tofel and Lavan, and Chatzeiros, and Di-Zahav. The Baal HaTurim writes that the words מוֹל סוּף hint to the mitzvah of מילה, circumcision. We can take this idea further and suggests that the word מוֹל alludes to circumcision and the words סוּף means end. This hints to the idea expressed in the Holy Writings that in the sixth millennium, which we are in now, the battle will be for holiness which is reflected in circumcision. Indeed, the Zohar (end of Lech Lecho) states that the Yishmaelim stake a claim in Eretz Yisroel because they also circumcise themselves, albeit their succession is incomplete so their share in the Land is incomplete.
It is noteworthy that the word פָּארָן alludes to Yishmael (See Rashi Devarim 33:1) and the word תֹּפֶל can mean prayer, reflecting on the final battle between the Jewish People and Yishmael. We must fight Yishmael with holiness in areas of morality and prayer. Only then can we hope to achieve לָבָן, purity of sin, חֲצֵרֹת, true spiritual acquisitions in the Land (the word חצר, literally meaning courtyard, refers to a land acquisition), and דִי זָהָב, an allusion to the Bais HaMikdash which will be built from gold. HaShem should bring an end to all Jewish suffering. The Gemara states that if we merit, the Redemption will arrive אֲחִישֶׁנָּה, speedily, and if not, then בְּעִתָּהּ, in its proper time. The Gerrer Rebbe would say that HaShem should be מחיש the בְּעִתָּהּ, hasten the proper time. May HaShem bring us Moshiach today, Amen!
Have a Holy and Purifying Shabbos!