Dvar Torah on Parshat VaEtchanan 5773 2013

Harav Kook, the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, offered a very meaningful explanation of a particular passage in this week’s Sidra. Moshe is pleading with Hashem to be granted permission to enter Eretz Yisrael. אֶעְבְּרָה נָּא וְאֶרְאֶה אֶת הָאָרֶץ הַטּוֹבָה, “Let me now cross and see the good Land that is on the other side of the Jordan…”. (Deut. 3,25) He was denied this request.

His pleading and begging was so much and so persistent that Hashem finally said to him: רַב לָךְ אַל תּוֹסֶף דַּבֵּר אֵלַי עוֹד בַּדָּבָר הַזֶּה, “…It is too much for you, do not continue to speak to Me further about this matter.” (3,26)

Harav Kook stresses that this plea of Moshe was not in vain. Moshe want to instilled in the hearts of our people the love for the Land and the great desire to dwell in it and benefit from its mighty holiness and majesty.

This enormous desire to live in Israel had been a crucial element that has kept the Jewish people alive throughout history and was responsible for the Jewish return to rebuild the land after nearly 2000 years of exile. The Jewish people never abandoned hope of coming back to the land promised him by Hashem.

It is unfortunate that many people do not see this great attachment of the Jews to the land. They see Israel as just another nation among the nations of the world. It is not just another nation. It is the nation and the land that Hashem promised He would give to our forefathers and their descendants as an inheritance. It is a Holy Land and not another land like other lands. The world finds it hard to accept that principle.

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