Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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Who Was Moshe Yelling At?

   by Reb Gutman Locks

Who Was Moshe Yelling At?


     Again, in this week's Torah reading Moshe is condemning the prior acts of the Jews standing in front of him. They were about to cross the Jordan river and enter the Holy Land.

     "OY! Over the past forty years you did this, and OY! you did that…," and on and on. But who was Moshe yelling at? The Jews who were standing there before him were all either young children or not yet even born when those things he was complaining about happened!                                                  

     This is because the Jewish people are one, a single people, from those who lived a very long time ago… to those who are not yet born… and you and I who are alive today…. G-d blesses us as one, and (G-d forbid) punishes us as one… all together, a single people.

     This is why our enemies hate all of us, and this is why it hurts each of us so much when a Jew is attacked anywhere in the world ….  And this is why we should love one another…  and why we should try to help one another in any way we can. We are one.



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