This week’s Parasha, Va’etchanan, begins rather dramatically. Moses discovers that he will not be entering the Land of Israel, which must have been extraordinarily difficult news to bear, after being the leader of the Jewish people for almost 40 years whilst wandering in the desert.
It would be so easy, at this low point, to resort to anger, or bitterness, or despair, especially after working so hard, and for so long, to achieve the monumental goal of bringing one’s people to the Promised Land. In fact, the name of the Parasha translates to “and he pleaded”, describing Moses’ first reaction upon hearing the devastating news.
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