Welcome to the
concise, relevant Weekly Dvar, where you can consistently expect the
Emails to follow a specific formula - a short intro, a quick question on
the Parsha, a nice, quick but relevant answer. But sometimes I find things
that defy normal protocol, and I feel like it needs to be shared, such as
this week's Dvar, written by Rabbi Aaron Tendler (as only he can do). If
you read this before you read the Parsha, you will gain a whole
perspective on this week's Parsha. I hope you enjoy...
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It was the morning of the 7th of Adar, 2488. No one has slept this past
night knowing that this was to be Moshe's last day. All night long, in
silent dread, we have stood waiting, crying, and wondering. What will we
do? How will we go on? Moshe our Teacher is about to die and there is
nothing we can do about it! All night long we have been gathered around
Moshe's tent as he instructed the great Yehoshua. Oh that we have reached
this fateful day!
But wait! Yehoshua is coming out. Look at his face! It seems to glow
with a light as bright as the shine of the moon in a dark starry night!
What has happened? Where is Moshe? Suddenly an expectant hush falls over
all of us. There must be more than 3 million people here! Tribal heads,
members of the Sanhedrin (supreme court), dignitaries, men, women and
The great Yehoshua turns to the tent's entrance and bows his head.
There he is! It is Moshe Rabbeinu! The simple joy and love that emanates
from his smile as he looks out upon all of us is magical. Each and every
one of us feels the sadness and dread drain away. What regal bearing! What
majesty! Even with the veil we can sense the celestial power of his
radiance. We must remember this moment!
But wait! It looks like Moshe is going to lift the veil. He's about to
speak. His voice seems to be carried as if on the wind itself. It's an
ageless voice that resonates with the echoes of Sinai. If G-d had a voice,
it would be the voice of Moshe our Teacher. We must listen very carefully.
There are his final words; today is Moshe's final day. And so our Parsha
begins... "Today you are all standing... your leaders, your law enforcers,
every Israelite man, your children, your women. even your wood cutters and
water carriers." (29:9)