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Devarim- Warm Words…Talking to Rocks. 5777

Proverbs 3; 32 For the devious are an abomination to the LORD; But He is intimate with the upright. 33 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous. 34 Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted. 35 The wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.

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wasted, royalty dethroned…

I stand outside the inner room…

I can’t think about entering,

yet He called me near

how could I approach now?

My dress is torn, my hair is soiled, my face is ruined

like this? I am ashamed to have Him see, then He appears…

beckoning me forward,onward

inward

even asking me to dance

I can’t even lift a finger, too filthy to touch His hand

nevertheless He reaches into me

on the outside

even so draws me near

draping His arms around despite…

His enveloping love

unchanged by my disgusting anger, foolish pride

what am I afraid of…

how He looks at what’s become of me?

Nay, He Who holds tomorrow, Who perceived what has yet to be, despite my present condition …

He called me into this place for intimacy.

Malachi 3; 13“Your words have been arrogant against Me,” says the LORD. “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’ 14“You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the LORD of hosts? 15‘So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.’” 16Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. 17“They will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” 18So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

This is what the people of Hashem, the stones in the foundations and walls and support beams and Pillars of His Kingdom being built up here…and now…this is what we need. To be together, to speak to one another and not just with idle, futile, inconsequential words…to grow in awe of Hashem with one another through our time and conversations by testifying to one another of the glorious things He has done and is doing in our lives. To make a “Kiddush Hashem” and BRING HIM INTO THINGS. Into everything. We are in sefer Devarim דברים (“Words”), subsequent to the Fast of Tish B’Av. When we look at the ‘original’ atrocity which happened on that day we have learned that it is linked to the Evil Report of the Meraglim (the Spies) against the Land of Israel. We discussed last lesson the concept of the Ruach (Spirit) not being an emotion, not being of flesh, not a feeling…What, aside from their words, were the feelings- the impressions of the Meraglim which led to the terrible decree that they would not enter the Land of Israel?

Bemidbar 13; 32 So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report דִּבַּ֤ת of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of size. 33 “There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

We were grasshoppers… in THEIR sight. This is what they FELT.

Emotions are not Spiritual (of the Ruach).

The nations they say this about… didn’t look at them and say, “We’ll squash them!” In reality the nations didn’t at all have the impression that they were grasshoppers. (Remember Balak’s ‘fear’)

If we see ourselves as small and incapable …..then we become….small and incapable.

We are capable. We have a blessing. God is with us. God loves us.

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One of the most effective weapons of the adversaries which rise against us is self-deprecation in the wake of a fall. Our sins are supposed to be loathsome to us. The very fact that we become aware of them and come to hate them is the evidence of Hashem and His Ruach in our lives…working. Often, instead of coming close, coming inside after a fall…we pull back and away from Hashem. This is the victory of the enemy who can distort our sins into becoming the means by which instead of seeking repentance, we convince ourselves we are too far gone to return to Hashem. God will NEVER reject anyone, at anytime who asks for His forgiveness in earnest. NEVER. SO often we project our own conclusions into our situations.

We can not allow our projection to cause us to have a distorted world view- we need to see things the way they really are (remember the influence of the Holy Spirit on Balaam…He saw things as they really were- How God sees His people:

“He has not observed misfortune in Jacob; Nor has He seen trouble in Israel; The Lord his God is with him, And the shout of a king is among them. Bem.23;21 )

Fasting is not just about what was it is about what is and what we would like to be…

We can not, through our fasting, feed a starving child or free an imprisoned sex slave…but we can be prompted to remember that such destructive forces do exist in this world. We can thus consciously mourn for them and continually ask God what we can do with our lives to change this world. The Shabbat before Tish B’av is known as Shabbat Chazon- the Sabbath of Vision.

It is taught that every person has a vision of the Holy Temple and that each person sees it to the capacity that he or she longs for it; longs for understanding of it. Even if you believe the Holy Temple will be made by God and come down out of heaven…what about the Priests, will they come too and  robotically know what to do?

Or are we to be in training now? 

Furthermore, it is  taught that because there was a “breakdown” from within the people, because there was hatred within the people toward each other…

they were weak when the real enemies attacked. To unite as a family, to build up and strengthen one another will allow us to best weather the attacks of our real enemies.

Truth, and Peace…have a very hard time

getting along together.

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How often when we tell someone a truth they do not want to hear…does it end in a sacrifice of “peace” between one another. Without the truth, whatever pacifically exists is not real Shalom. Shalom means completeness, wholeness, whole-heartedness…this can not exist without the truth. Pincha’s stood up for what was right before Hashem and despite what he knew the people might accuse him of. This is why Hashem directly “blessed” his actions in truth with the covenant of Shalom. This scribal indication shows a broken vav in the context of Pinchas’ reward of Shalom. Because he chose what was right in leu of ‘keeping the peace’: “that’s just the way they express their spirituality, it’s all good”

His reward was an eternal priesthood of TRUE completeness & wholeness with God and man.

Tehillim 119; 65 You have dealt well with Your servant, O LORD, according to Your word. 66Teach me good discernment and knowledge, For I believe in Your commandments.  67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word. 68You are good and do good; Teach me Your statutes. 69The arrogant have forged a lie against me; With all heart I will observe Your precepts. 70Their heart is covered with fat, I delight in Your law. 71It is good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes. 72 The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver.

Did you hear that? The Psalmist said it is GOOD that affliction came into his life, for without it he grew complacent and blasé, eventually leading to straying from Hashem. It was through the affliction in his life that he learned more about the essence and nature and teaching of Hashem. Do not run from an enemy, do not assign evil to that which Hashem might have sent your way for good, meant to turn your attention toward that which needs attending to in your life.

There once was a great sage who was elderly and nearing the end of his days. His talmidim (students) saw that he regularly was awake earlier than anyone else and told him, “You have done so much and your health is waning,  shouldn’t you rest a while longer in the mornings?”

To this the sage responded, the יֵצֶר הַרַע yetser ha’ra (evil inclination) is much older than I am and he’s been up and working for much longer than I have already.

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We are constantly at work, constantly battling within ourselves, there is a continual struggle to grasp and accomplish that which Hashem has appointed for us (each one of us with a different and specified mission) each and every single day. When we forget that truth…there it the failure.

Success is not measured in perfection, but how much you invest.

___613__—> Commandments in the Torah. משה רבינו Moshe Rabbeinu => ___613____

Tehillim 114: 1 When Israel went forth from Egypt, The house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 2 Judah became His sanctuary, Israel, His dominion. 3 The sea looked and fled; The Jordan turned back. 4The mountains skipped like rams, The hills, like lambs. 5 What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? 6 O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs? 7 Tremble, O earth, before the Lord, Before the God of Jacob, 8 Who turned the rock into a pool of water, The flint into a fountain of water.

As we come into Devarim we can not help but focus in on Moshe Rabbeinu. When we think about the end of Moshe’s life we can not help but ask many questions about why he was unable to enter the Land of Israel. We immediately are returned to Mei Meriva (the waters of strife) and the striking of the Rock. Although the striking took place in parasha Chukat we are dealing with it again this week in parasha Va’etchanan וָאֶתְחַנַּן (“and I pleaded”).

Bemidbar 20; 2 There was no water for the congregation, and they assembled themselves against Moses and Aaron. 3 The people thus contended with Moses and spoke, saying, “If only we had perished when our brothers perished before the LORD! 4“Why then have you brought the LORD’S assembly into this wilderness, for us and our beasts to die here? 5“Why have you made us come up from Egypt, to bring us in to this wretched place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, nor is there water to drink.” 6Then Moses and Aaron came in from the presence of the assembly to the doorway of the tent of meeting and fell on their faces. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to them; 7and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 8 “Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the סלע rock before their eyes, that it may yield its water. You shall thus bring forth water for them out of the סלע rock and let the congregation and their beasts drink.” 9 So Moses took the rod from before the LORD, just as He had commanded him; 10 and Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly before the סלע rock. And he said to them, “Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this סלע rock ?” 11Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the סלע rock twice with his rod; and water came forth abundantly, and the congregation and their beasts drank. 12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” 13 Those were the waters of Meribah, because the sons of Israel contended with the LORD, and He proved Himself holy among them.

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This is not the same generation, Moshe is angry, he is lumping them into the same generation who often vexed him throughout this journey. But notice that this people is not speaking in the same manner (nostalgic) about going back to Egypt; they are saying, “Why are we here” and not in Israel…they are also mentioning Hashem’s name while Moshe does not bring God into it.

Shemot 4; 15“You are to speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I, even I, will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will teach you what you are to do. 16“Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people; and he will be as a mouth for you and you will be as God to him. 17“You shall take in your hand this staff, with which you shall perform the signs.”

  • Aaron is the voice for Moshe, this was his appointment and task. Aaron is also the voice of the people before Hashem in the Tabernacle, Aaron is the voice…why isn’t he stopping Moshe/speaking up? Why is Moshe speaking?

Bemidbar 27; 12Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go up to this mountain of Abarim, and see the land which I have given to the sons of Israel. 13“When you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother was; 14for in the wilderness of Zin, during the strife of the congregation, you rebelled against My command to treat Me as holy before their eyes at the water.” (These are the waters of Meribah of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.) 15 Then Moses spoke to the LORD, saying, 16“May the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation, 17who will go out and come in before them, and who will lead them out and bring them in, so that the congregation of the LORD will not be like sheep which have no shepherd.” 18 So the LORD said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him…

  • It is taught that Moshe was so entirely devoted to the generation he led from Egypt that once their fate was determined, the 40 year wandering and failure to enter the Land, it was destined for him to ‘stay’ with them there. It is taught that IF Moshe entered the Land the people might make him or his eventual resting place a shrine (avodah zarah/strange worship)

Bemidbar 14; I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are making against Me. 28 “Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you; 29 your corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all your numbered men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me. 30 ‘Surely you shall not come into the land in which I swore to settle you, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. 31‘Your children, however, whom you said would become a prey—I will bring them in, and they will know the land which you have rejected… 34‘According to the number of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your guilt a year, even forty years, and you will know My opposition. 35‘I, the LORD, have spoken, surely this I will do to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be destroyed, and there they will die.’” 36 As for the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land and who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing out a bad report concerning the land, 37 even those men who brought out the very bad report of the land died …

  • It does seem ominous that this text is extremely specific and Moshe, Aaron and Mirjam aren’t mentioned. Remember Mirjam dies just before Mei Meriba and Aaron just after. 

Tehillim 106; 32 They also provoked Him to wrath at the waters of Meribah, So that it went hard with Moses on their account; 33 Because they were rebellious against His Spirit, He spoke rashly with his lips.

Devarim 1;37″The LORD was angry with me also on your account, saying, Not even you shall enter there.

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(The Parasha ha Shavua begins right here:) Devarim 3; 23 “I also pleaded וָאֶתְחַנַּ֖ן with the LORD at that time, saying, 24‘O Lord GOD, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours? 25 ‘Let me, I pray, cross over and see the fair land that is beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon.’ 26 “But the LORD was angry with me on your account, and would not listen to me; and the LORD said to me, ‘Enough! Speak to Me no more of this matter. 27‘Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes to the west and north and south and east, and see it with your eyes, for you shall not cross over this Jordan. 28 ‘But charge Joshua and encourage him and strengthen him, for he shall go across at the head of this people, and he will give them as an inheritance the land which you will see.’

# 6697 ( Masc N) Tsur צוּר – stone, pebble, rock, edge, (God the Rock)

#5553 (Masc N) sela סֶלַע – rock, craig, cliff, stronghold (related to Petra)

The Malbim explains this as follows: A צור refers to a hard rock that most certainly does not contain any water within. There was no problem hitting such a rock to cause water to come out, as this was undeniably a miracle. However a סלע is a type of rock that naturally has water inside. Moshe was therefore commanded not to strike such a rock, as Hashem wanted to prove that the water came out miraculously. Hitting such a rock to produce water may not have been looked at as a miracle, and therefore Moshe was told to bring the water out through speaking to it, thereby making it clear to all that this was a miracle. (There are rocks which can soak up water, this is the “porous” Sela. Noting as well that so much water came out all the people and their animals- which drink much water, were able to drink their fill.)

Shemot 17;2 Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water that we may drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?” 3 But the people thirsted there for water; and they grumbled against Moses and said, “Why, now, have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” 4 So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, “What shall I do to this people? A little more and they will stone me.” 5 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pass before the people and take with you some of the elders of Israel; and take in your hand your staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6“Behold, I will stand before you there on the צוּר rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the צוּר rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7He named the place Massah and Meribah because of the quarrel of the sons of Israel, and because they tested the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us, or not?”

Why did God let water come if Moshe didn’t “do it appropriately”?

This is something which goes against nature, water from a rock = outside the natural….

Why did God tell Moshe to take the rod, if He didn’t want him to use it, why allow the temptation (‘this worked before, why not now’)?

Moshe doesn’t mention Hashem, Moshe – near the end of the journey- fails to call to the hearts of the people the ‘issue’ at the First Rock : Is HASHEM among us or not? 

Timing is everything, Moshe had the chance to show the people that Hashem is always with them and will be with them as they come into the Land of Promise. He had the chance to answer this question for them, but he didn’t take it at the appointed time.

Moshe spoke to the people, and he spoke in anger…

We know the idiom of the human heart being hard as stone, covenant being in terms of circumcision…breaking a part of the rock away, circumcision of the heart.

But how is this done? Through the Word of Hashem, by His Ruach.

Yechezkiel 36;25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26″Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27″I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.…

#68 (Masc N) אֶבֶן even– stone, precious stone or gem, rock (breastplate, Jacob’s ladder, stones at Ebal and Gerazim, Stone tablets for 10 Devarim).

What are the lessons of Moshe and the Rock Tsur,  Moshe and the Stone Sela?

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 People are rocks. 

What does God say…

“Talk to the rock”.

Use warm words…

If you learn how to talk to them 

their own waters will start to flow.

First, learn how to talk to them…

Next, learn how

not  to use your staff…

believe that wellsprings of water are waiting for someone to address it.

Devarim is the Fifth book of the Chumash, until now the Torah has spoken in “narrative” in the ‘third person’ Hashem spoke to Moshe saying… now it changes to the ‘first person’. These are the words of Moshe but the Torah of God is all God. Parasha Devarim is always read just prior to Tish’B av which is taught to be the date upon which the “sin of the spies” (Meraglim) took place. It is taught that on this night the people cried because their leaders had projected their feelings of incapability onto the community and the people were set ablaze with panic and fear. They began to believe that they could not accomplish the conquest of eretz Yisrael and this led to them questioning why God brought them out from Egypt in the first place (mission misinterpreted) it spiraled out of control into a belief that God hated them and thus must have brought them there to die. Indeed the fire of the lips, the flame of these of words led to the destruction of that generation. What they spoke, what they projected…did come about.

Yirmeyahu 23; 28 “The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth. What does straw have in common with grain?” declares the LORD. 29 “Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?”

With fire You set it ablaze,

with fire You shall build it.

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The destruction of the Temple is taught to have been because of hatred WITHIN God’s people toward each other. We must learn how to speak to one another with words of fire, with God’s words, with warm words. Allowing the word of Hashem to break apart the stone over our heart.

Tehillim 39;1I said, “I will guard my ways That I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle While the wicked are in my presence.” 2 I was mute and silent, I refrained from good, And my sorrow grew worse. 3 My heart was hot within me, While I was musing the fire burned; I spoke with my tongue: 4“LORD, make me to know my end

And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.

“The Fifth Book now records all that Moshe had to tell his people because he was about to depart from their midst and they would not have this guidance to carry our their mission in the land of which they would shortly take possession. It would seem that the descriptions of the localities that now follow were intended to define the precise geographical location of the places where Moshe spent his final weeks on earth among his people; where the people had last seen their leader in their midst; where they had last heard their teacher Moshe speak to them alive. Each word of these final orations of our leader, who had been sent by God Himself, reflects a deep attachment to his people and his concern for their future welfare; indeed, his profound yearning to give his own soul and his own spirit as it were, to his people to sustain them in  the trials that awaited them…Now the people are about to make the transition from the constant influence by a central guiding power into a life of individualization in which, more than ever, the believer needs to be constantly reminded of his calling….We believe we are not in error if we view this Fifth Book as a compendium of those laws that had to be particularly noted both by the authorities of Law and by every member of the nation now that that nation was about to move from the wilderness into the Land. – Hirsh on Devarim; Pentateuch

Devarim 1;1These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel across the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel and Laban and Hazeroth and Dizahab. 2 It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea. 3 In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses spoke to the children of Israel, according to all that the LORD had commanded him to give to them, 4after he had defeated Sihon the king of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, who lived in Ashtaroth and Edrei. 5Across the Jordan in the land of Moab, Moses undertook to בֵּאֵ֛ר expound this Torah הַתּוֹרָ֥ה, saying,

# 874 (v) ba’ar בָּאַר- to engrave, explain, declare. (Found only these two occurrences in Torah)

Moshe did not merely repeat everything Hashem had commanded but reiterated HOW, the manner in which, God had commanded it. Out of more than a hundred elucidations of Law in this book, seventy are entirely ‘new’.

Devarim 27; 4 “So it shall be when you cross the Jordan, you shall set up on Mount Ebal, these אֶבֶן stones, as I am commanding you today, and you shall coat them with lime. 5“Moreover, you shall build there an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of אֶבֶן  stones; you shall not wield an iron tool on them. 6“You shall build the altar of the LORD your God of uncut stones, and you shall offer on it burnt offerings to the LORD your God; 7and you shall sacrifice peace offerings and eat there, and rejoice before the LORD your God. 8“You shall write on the אֶבֶן stones all the words of this law very distinctly.” 9Then Moses and the Levitical priests spoke to all Israel, saying, “Be silent and listen, O Israel! This day you have become a people for the LORD your God. 10“You shall therefore obey the LORD your God, and do His commandments and His statutes which I command you today.”

The only other place in all of Tanakh this word is found:

Habakuk 2:1 I will stand on my guard post And station myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, And how I may reply when I am reproved. 2 Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. 3 “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.

  • from the Shoresh above # 875 (Fem n) b’ehr בְּאֵר – a well; pit; spring.

Bemidbar 21; 16 From there they continued to Beer, that is the well where the LORD said to Moses, “Assemble the people, that I may give them water.” 17Then Israel sang this song:

“Spring up, O well! Sing to it! 18 “The well, which the leaders sank, Which the nobles of the people dug, With the scepter and with their staffs.”

  • #877 (Masc. n) בֹּאר b’or – cistern, well, pit.

Yirmeyahu 2:13 “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water.

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The first eleven chapters of Devarim and the expounding with reiteration of God’s laws at this point are intended to define what Hashem expects of Israel; their basic duties to fulfill as their side of this ‘partnership’ with their Covenant Keeping King. Not only will the Torah of Hashem be a well from which the people will continually draw from when they enter the Land of Promise, but also these “God-revealing” experiences…all that they witnessed with Hashem in their midst, leading them with miracles and victories that were supernatural… will become a touchstone to punctuate their own importance to Him, for ages to come. They will be able to dip into these memories and draw strength from the living waters therein, they will need this encouragement as they are about to enter into a new chapter of their “journey” where these awe inspiring events may not be so evident and frequent.

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Devarim 1; 8 ‘רְאֵה See, I have placed the land before you; go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to them and their descendants after them.’

# 7200 (v) ra’ah רָאָה– to see, look at, view, behold, to regard, have respect to.

Looking at this form of our Hebrew word from the beginning of sefer Devarim and “following it” will take us back through a review of vitally important turning points on this journey through the Torah. What a perfect occasion on which to see where we have come,where we are heading and perhaps where else we should be looking:

  • B’reshit 27; 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Please come close and kiss me, my son.” 27So he came close and kissed him; and when he smelled the smell of his garments, he blessed him and said, “ רְאֵה֙ See, the smell of my son Is like the smell of a field which the LORD has blessed; 28Now may God give you of the dew of heaven, And of the fatness of the earth, And an abundance of grain and new wine.
  • B’reshit 31; 45Then Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar. 46 Jacob said to his kinsmen, “Gather stones.” So they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap…Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me this day.”… “May the LORD watch between you and me when we are absent one from the other. 50 “If you mistreat my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, although no man is with us, רְאֵ֕ה see, God is witness between you and me.
  • B’reshit 37:13 Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them.” And he said to him, “I will go.” 14 Then he said to him, “Go now and רְאֵ֜ה see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
  • B’reshit 41:40″You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you.” 41Pharaoh said to Joseph,  “רְאֵ֗ה See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
  • Sh’mot 7;1Then the LORD said to Moses, “רְאֵ֛ה See, I make you as God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. 2″You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall speak to Pharaoh that he let the sons of Israel go out of his land.…
  • Sh’mot 31;1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “רְאֵ֖ה See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3″I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge…
  • Sh’mot 33;11Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent. 12 Then Moses said to the LORD, “רְ֠אֵה See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people!’ But You Yourself have not let me know whom You will send with me. Moreover, You have said, ‘I have known you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.’ 13″Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.”…
  • Devarim 1; 21 רְ֠אֵה See, the LORD your God has placed the land before you; go up, take possession, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has spoken to you. Do not fear or be dismayed.’ 22″Then all of you approached me and said, ‘Let us send men before us, that they may search out the land for us…
  • Deuteronomy 2:24 Arise, set out, and pass through the valley of Arnon. רְאֵ֣ה Look! I have given Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land into your hand; begin to take possession and contend with him in battle. 25’This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the peoples everywhere under the heavens, who, when they hear the report of you, will tremble and be in anguish because of you….31”The LORD said to me, ‘רְאֵ֗ה See, I have begun to deliver Sihon & his land over to you. Begin to occupy, that you may possess his land
  • Devarim 4; 4″But you who held fast to the LORD your God are alive today, every one of you. 5″See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. 6″So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’…
  • Devarim 11; 25”No man will be able to stand before you; the LORD your God will lay the dread of you and the fear of you on all the land on which you set foot, as He has spoken to you. 26″See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: 27the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I am commanding you today…
  • Devarim 30; 11“For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach. 12“It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ 13“Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ 14“But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it. 15“ רְאֵ֨ה See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; 16in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it. 

Devarim 1

There is something Hashem is trying to speak to each one of us. Through His servant Moshe and his experiences with this nation. He beckons us warmly, weekly together, into His Torah and through these glimpses of the Law giver we learn about His love. His mercy. His infinite long-suffering compassion. He may have taken down the very place where He chose to place His Shkinah…but this was in order that we learn to build up that which lasts. The family, the Temple inside each one of us. He has not led us through this journey only to leave us at the cusp, nor that we should want or thirst, we have the life giving waters inside of each one of us. Let us seek this out in one another, speak daily and unashamedly of God’s glory and abundance. Pursuing both truth with one another and Peace which is real- which is whole. May you be blessed this coming week with many opportunities to create “Kiddush Hashem” in your lives. Sanctifying His Name which is declared upon you. May we project outward for others to witness…that which Hashem sees in each and every one of us. Capable of testifying regarding the good from inside of our afflictions; motivated, inspired,

on fire and brimming over even when stricken.

Shabbat Shalom!

Contact: safeguardingtheeternal@aol.com

Resources: See Homepage and My Resources entry on this blog for a complete list.

Much of the content of this entry was learned from Rabbi Ginsburg http://www.inner.org, Rabbi Shlomo Katz http://www.shlomokatz.com, and Rabbi Ari Kahn.

This lesson and our physical learning is dedicated to Mirjam.

I love and miss you, when I think about you sometimes Hashem has to remind me how to breathe.

May He comfort all who mourn.

beauty

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