Erev Shabbos Kodesh Vaeschanan-Nachamu Inspiration 5775

Why is it so important for us to know that Moshe entreated HaShem to allow him entry into Eretz Yisroel?

Possible answers:

  1. To show us the love that we should have for Eretz Yisroel
  2. If Moshe would have entered into Eretz Yisroel, he would have built the Bais HaMikdash and it never would have been destroyed (the problem with this answer is that HaShem would then have had to take His anger out on the Jewish People).
  3. Moshe is the Jewish People and the Jewish People are Moshe, one and the same. If Moshe could not again entry  into Eretz Yisroel, it was  sign that the Jewish People, were lacking in some way.
  4. Perhaps the most important lesson we can derive from Moshe’s supplications is that even if the sword is on one’s neck, he should not refrain from seeking HaShem’s mercy. Moshe’s fate had been sealed numerous times, and most notably by Mei Merivah, but he never gave up.

How appropriate that we learn this lesson immediately after Tisha B’Av when the nations is recovering from running and grief over the destruction of the land and the exile of our people. Yet, we don’t give up hope, and we know that HaShem will soon console us, with the arrival of Moshiach Tzidkeinu, speedily, in our days.

Have a NEVER GIVE UP Shabbos!

Rabbi Adler

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