It was quite difficult to prepare my speech about the parasha of this week!


In fact, there are so many interesting topics to speak about, that I had a hard time to find which one to choose!






Moses plea to G- D, begging to be allowed to the promised Land. 


There are only in 2 incidents in which this word appears in the Torah:


When Joseph's Brother are accused of spying in Egypt, they recall with shame and guilt that Joseph implored them and they would not listen ( Gen 42:21 ),




Now when Moses implores G-D, and G-D would not listen!


To cement the connection:


Moses says that G-D told him not  to add anything more about this matter, which in Hebrew:


don't is Tosef


The root of the name ofJoseph!


What is the point of the parallel?


When Joseph's brothers do not listen to his plea, he is the innocent one, and they are guilty,


But when Moses pleads, he is the innocent.


And Hashem said to Moses:


Rav lach,


You have much!


This are the same words that Korach says to Moses and Aaron!


There is a great difference when the same words are spoken by different persons,


and different motives!


Korach uses them

perhaps out of envy, 

Perhaps as a device to make his claim on priesthood sound more 



When G-D now uses them, it is more a reminder that Moses has lived 120 years and has done great things, 


He has much,


Perhaps more than any other human who has ever lived!





Digging out all the different commentators and as already mentioned in one of my dvar Torah just 2 weeks ago, I am today convinced that Moshe Rabenu was, since born, not designated to end up in Israel!


Moses life ends, 

as it began, 

at a river.


On the continuing role that water plays in his life, from the Nile to the Jordan,


Let's recall that creation begins with water,


Moses is therefore a reflection in an individual human if the nature of the world.



Best Regards

Jean-Pierre FETTMANN

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