In this week’s parasha of Nitzvaim we find an interesting passuk that states (Devarim 30:5) וֶהֱבִיאֲךָ יְ-ה-וָ-ה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶל הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר יָרְשׁוּ אֲבֹתֶיךָ וִירִשְׁתָּהּ וְהֵיטִבְךָ וְהִרְבְּךָ מֵאֲבֹתֶיךָ, HaShem, your G-d, will bring you to the Land that your forefathers possessed and you shall posses it; He will do good to you and make you more numerous than your forefathers. Why is it necessary for the Torah to say that HaShem make you more numerous than your forefathers? While we always praise HaShem for taking us from our small and humble beginnings and transforming us into a populous nation, it would almost seem to be a disparagement to our forefathers that HaShem has made us more numerous than them.
I would like to suggest a possible answer to this question and HaShem gave me the merit to find an identical answer in the Kli Yakar ad loc. The word מֵאֲבֹתֶיךָ can be interpreted to mean that we merit our numbers from our forefathers, i.e. through their holiness and exalted spiritual level. We must always remember that even if we have scaled the heights of spirituality, everything that we accomplish is in the merit of our forefathers. Indeed, we can explain the term ראש השנה to mean that we look to our heads, i.e. our forefathers to ensure that we have a good year.
We should all merit a כתיבה וחתימה טובה and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Have a Fabulous Last Shabbos of the Year!