Erev Shabbos Kodesh Pinchas Inspiration 5776


We discussed on this week’s audio https://db.tt/nNepMo2Z how Moshe requested that HaShem appoint his sons as the new leaders upon Moshe’s passing, despite the fact that we have not heard anything about Gershom and Eliezer since their time in Egypt. Let us explore this idea further. Moshe surely knew that Yehoshua was a worthy successor, yet it seems that Moshe was only interested in perpetuating a family legacy. Is it possible that Moshe, the humblest of men and one who separated from his wife to receive prophecy, could be concerned for his own family members glory? How are we to understand this?
Perhaps the answer to this question can be found in the language that Moshe used when asking HaShem to appoint leader. It is said (Bamidbar 27:16) יִפְקֹד יְ-ה-ֹו-ָה א-ֱלֹהֵי הָרוּחֹת לְכָל בָּשָׂר אִישׁ עַל הָעֵדָה, may HaShem, G-d of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the assembly. The word יִפְקֹד, appoint, is the same word that was used to foretell the redemption from Egypt. HaShem told Moshe (Shemos 3:16) פָּקֹד פָּקַדְתִּי אֶתְכֶם, I have surely remembered you. Thus, Moshe was requesting from HaShem that he be allowed to perpetuate the redemption from Egypt with his children leading the Jewish People into Eretz Yisroel. It is noteworthy that the first letters of the words יִפְקֹד יְ-ה-ֹו-ָה א-ֱלֹהֵי equal the word אֶהְיֶה, which HaShem informed Moshe is one of His Names that he will use to redeem the Jewish People. Moshe was requesting from HaShem that his legacy of redeeming the Jewish People continue with his family. Certainly Moshe knew that Yehoshua was a worthy heir to his mantle, yet Moshe felt (See Rashi Devarim 31:7) that Yehoshua needed the guidance of the elders and was incapable of leading the Jewish People himself.
Moshe recognized that HaShem chose him as the messenger to lead the Jewish People out of Egypt and to shepherd them in the Wilderness. It followed, then, that a member of his own family should continue the process until they were settled in the Promised Land. HaShem, however, informed Moshe that Yehoshua was the one who deserved to take the reins. The Medrash states that Yisro (and it follows that the same was for Gershom and Eliezer did not participate in the servitude in Egypt, so they did not merit receiving the Torah at Sinai. Similarly, HaShem was telling Moshe that Yehoshua had toiled in Torah the past forty years and that allowed him to merit the mantle of leadership. Gershom and Eliezer, as great as they were, did not reach the level of Yehoshua in Torah study.
What can we learn from this incident? The message for us is that while we may have noble aspirations, for ourselves or for our family members, if it does not work out to our liking, it is because HaShem has already calculated who the most deserving recipient of His largess will be. We need not despair, because everyone of us has a role to fulfill, and HaShem will make it clear to us what our mission is. We must do our best while we wait for His salvation.
Have a TRUSTING Shabbos!
Rabbi Adler
Erev Shabbos Kodesh Inspiration Pinchas 5776
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