In this week’s parasha it is said (Devarim 31:1) וַיֵּלֶךְ מֹשֶׁה וַיְדַבֵּר אֶת הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה אֶל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל, Moshe went and spoke these words to all of Israel. Where did Moshe go, everyone wonders? Let us stake a stroll down the rest of the parasha and we will discover something fascinating. The parasha seems to be fixated on Yehoshua assuming the leadership of the Jewish people, subsequent to Moshe’s death. Yet, it is said at the end of the parasha Moshe warns the people that after his death, they will stray and they will be punished. Rashi is troubled by this idea, as we know (Yehoshua 24:31) that all of Yehoshua’s reign the Jewish People did not stray. Rashi answers that this teaches us that as long as the student is alive, it’s as if the teacher is still alive.
This is a profound lesson and sheds light on our entire parsha. Where was Moshe going? The Baal HaTurim (Shemos 2:1) tells us that it is said twice the words, וילך איש, and a man went. The first “going” was the union of Amram and Yocheved, which led to the birth of Moshe, the first redeemer of the Jewish People. The second “going,” albeit for a negative purpose, was the going of Elimelech, who left Eretz Yisroel because of the hunger. This “going” resulted in the union of Boaz and Rus, the progenitors of Moshiach, our final redeemer. The Zohar states that אתפשטותא דמשה בכל דרא, the extension of Moshe is in every generation. Where was Moshe going? He was going, so to speak, to future generations. It is noteworthy that the words וילך משה equal in gematria the word ממשיך, continuing. Yehoshua, and all those who followed in the path of Moshe, were perpetuating Moshe’s legacy.
One who has אמונת חכמים, faith in Jewish leadership, perpetuates the legacy of the Jewish People, and, as in the case of Amram and Yocheved and Boaz and Rus, is a catalyst for the ultimate redemption.
HaShem should give us the strength to heed the words of our Sages and we should all be granted a Gemar Chasima Tova and A Gut Gebentched Yohr.
Have a FAITHFUL Shabbos!
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