PARSHA ON PARADE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY
OF MY DEAR FATHER AND REBBI:
HARAV HAGAON RAV YESHAYA SHIMANOWITZ Z'TZL ,
YESHIVAS RABAINU YAAKOV YOSEF
(RABBI JACOB JOSEPH YESHIVA - RJJ)
IN NYC FOR OVER 23 YEARS.
NIFTAR ON 20 ADAR 5758 - MARCH 18, 1998.
MAY HE BE A MAYLITZ YOSHER FOR ALL OF KLAL YISROEL.
MY DEAR MOTHER
REBITZEN BRACHA ETEL SHIMANOWITZ A'H
WHO DEVOTED HER ENTIRE LIFE TO MY FATHER AND HIS TORAH,
NIFTERA ON 21 TEVET 5770 - WED EVE. JANUARY 6, 2010.
MAY SHE BE A MAYLITZA YOSHER FOR ALL OF KLAL YISROEL
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NUMBER OF MITZVOT: 0
NUMBER OF PESUKIM (SENTENCES): 41
NUMBER OF WORDS: 512
NUMBER OF LETTERS: 1969
HAFTORA: (Additional portion, from Prophets, which is read after the Parsha)
Yehoshua / Joshua 1:1-18 (Ashkenazim);
Yehoshua / Joshua 1:1-9 (Sepharadim)
In our last episode, Hashem gave Moshe a glimpse of Eretz
Yisroel from atop Har (Mt.) Nevo. Just when we thought
Moshe was ready to die, the Jewish leader has one last request:
He has just rebuked the Bnei Yisroel in Parshat Ha'azinu
and did not want to leave that as his final message, he wants to
bless the Shvatim (tribes) of Bnei Yisroel.
The angel of death stands on the sidelines, ready to take the soul of Moshe, but he is powerless as Moshe begins his blessing streak.
Moshe warms up by praising Hashem and the Bnei Yisroel.
Hashem offers the Torah to all the nations of the world, but each nation refuses to take such a heavy responsibility upon itself. Finally, at Har Sinai, in the midst of thunder and lightning, a cloud lowered, covering the mountain and Bnei Yisroel like a chupah (canopy). On that day the Bnei Yisroel and Hashem are like a Chatan and Kalah; (bride and groom); Moshe asks Bnei Yisroel: - "Will you accept Hashem's Torah?" Bnei Yisroel answers in one voice: - "Na'aseh V'nishma - We will do and we will listen....(to that which Hashem command us.)"
Moshe calls the Torah "Hashem's law of fire" - don't get burned by mishandling it; when Hashem and the Bnei Yisroel made a pact at Har Sinai, the deal was to guard Hashem's Mitzvot. Abandoning those Mitzvot is like playing with matches!
Moshe warns that the whole deal will blow up if Bnei Yisroel
fights Jew against brother. From the stories of the Avot
(forefathers) in Breishit to the many Mitzvot
we find throughout the Torah, Hashem has laid
the foundation for "Bayn Adam L'Chavero." (Between Man
and his fellow Man).
With 20/20 hindsight, we now know that we struck out twice with this Mitzvah and the Bait Hamikdash (Holy Temple) was left in ruins as a result!
With this advice, Moshe goes to bat, blessing the Shvatim (tribes) of Bnei Yisroel.
(tribe) Reuven is the first to settle in Eretz Yisroel
- that's because the land they choose to live on is east of the
Jordan in the land of Moav. Since they are outside the main borders
of Eretz Yisroel, they need a special bracha (blessing)
that will defend them against enemies that surround them.
Moshe delivers with "May Reuven live and not die and may his men be counted among the tribes."
Shimon has always been trouble! In Yaakov's time, Shimon teams up with Levi to massacre the city of Shechem. Yaakov gives the two of them brachot (blessings) anyway. Over time, Levi changes his way, but Shimon's descendants have bad characters in their genes!
When the daughters of Midyan invite Bnei Yisroel to party with the idol Peor, Shevet Shimon R.S.V.P.'s. In Shittim, Zimri, the prince of Shevet Shimon, sins with a Midyanite princess, defying Moshe in public, and brings a plague to the camp of Bnei Yisroel that wipes out 24,000 of his tribesmen!
Moshe is quite peeved at Shevet Shimon so he chooses not to bless this bunch.
From Shevet Yehuda the Kings of Israel will descend. Moshe asks Hashem to listen to the prayers of these Kings when they are threatened by the enemies of Israel. Moshe also prays that Hashem will return the Jewish soldiers safely home from the battlefield and for Hashem to lead the armies of Israel to victory in battle.
The best bracha that Moshe can give Shevet Levi is for Hashem to keep them separate from the rest of Bnei Yisroel.
In the days of Yaakov, Levi is one of the trouble-maker duo, together with his brotherly cohort, Shimon. The bracha of Yaakov sends Levi zooming into the priesthood.|
In Mitzrayim, Shevet Levi is never made to work as slaves. They are the teachers. Amram, Moshe's father, is the leader of the Bnei Yisroel during the Egyptian bondage.
After Yetziat Mitzrayim, (the Exodus from Egypt), Shevet Levi has a spotless record in the complaint department. While Bnei Yisroel yaps about the Mann, the meat, the spies' reports and then worships the golden calf, Shevet Levi separated itself from the group and concentrated on serving Hashem.
Since Shevet Levi is dedicated to serving Hashem and teaching the people, Moshe asks Hashem to bless them with wealth. This way the Leviyim and Kohanim will never have to abandon their work because of money problems.
Moshe also prays that Hashem will destroy the enemies of Levi, like the Greeks who will fight against the Chashmonaim (Hasmoneans), during the Chanukah chapter of history.
Another enemy of Levi is a non-Kohain who tries to
do the Avoda. The only ones who are allowed to do the
work in the Bait Hamikdash are Kohanim. All
others need not apply - and if they try, they die!
has a soft spot for Shevet Binyamin. In the time of Yaakov,
Binyamin is the only son who is born in Eretz Yisroel.
He is also the only son who doesn't plot to sell Yosef. He comforts
his father Yaakov in his old age, and did not bow down to Esav.
Binyamin is the only son who never sinned - that makes him one of
the top four sinless Tzadikim of all time! There's got
to be a zechut (merit) in that!
Hashem chooses the land of Binyamin to host the Bait Hamikdash and rest the Shechina there.
The blessings that go to Yosef are blessings to the Shevet Efraim and Shevet Menashe. Moshe blesses these Shvatim with the best produce in all the land and plenty of underground wells of water.|
In the days when Yosef is the ruler of Mitzrayim, he takes good care of his family, making sure that his brothers and father are all stocked up with food, even during the famine. The portions of land that go to the tribes of Efraim and Menashe
are midah k'neged midah ('tit for tat') reward for Yosef's deeds.
Hashem chooses the first new leader of Bnei Yisroel
from Shevet Efraim and blesses him with "the strength
of an ox and the majesty of the horns of a re'em (wild
ox)." That leader is Yehoshua.
One of the greatest partnerships of all time is Zevulun and Yissachar. Both Shvatim inherit land along the coast. Zevulun takes up deep sea fishing while Yissachar is known for its Torah scholars, many of whom end up in the Sanhedrin (Jewish Courts).|
Though Yissachar is older,
Zevulun is mentioned first because if not for Zevulun, Yissachar's Torah study would not be possible.
The deal is that Shevet Zevulun will make so much money that they will be able to support Shevet Yissachar. That way Yissachar can learn Torah without worrying about making a living. Moshe promises that if Zevulun sticks to the deal, they will become rich enough to retire early and learn full-time themselves!
The Shevet of Gad settles early on in Moabite country, on the east side of the Jordan, alongside Reuven and part of Menashe. It's that wide open country that this Shevet likes. The grass is green and a'plenty for the cattle and sheep herding.
Shevet Gad is compared to a lion that is always surrounded by it enemies. No wonder... on the east side of the Jordan, you've got a whole enemies list just waiting to get their hands on the Bnei Yisroel.
Moshe gives them a special bracha of protection. He also gives Gad an honorable mention for agreeing to put their soldiers on the frontlines during the conquest of Canaan.
The land of Dan borders on the Jordan. Any Shevet that
is near a border of Eretz Yisroel is compared to a lion.
Shevet Dan, though, is more like a cub when it comes to
so Moshe prays that Hashem will protect them.
Shevet Naftali has lucked out! Their portion of Eretz Yisroel covers the Kineret Sea which is filled with great-tasting fish. Also, the Ginosar Valley is known for excellent fruit.|
The tribe of Asher is blessed with a population explosion! In the desert they have gone from 41,500 men (over 18, under 60) to 53,400 between the first and second countings. Asher is also blessed with beautiful daughters. Many of these women
end up marrying into the Kehuna and later, into the Davidic royal family.|
Their portion of Eretz Yisroel is known for its olive trees. Even in Shmita year the olives will keep pouring in, making the tribe of Asher very well liked when it becomes a free-for-all in the seventh year!
Asher has really hit the blessing jackpot with an extra blessing of strength in old age. These old-Asherians can strut their muscles like a teenager with the help of Hashem!
In his final words to Bnei Yisroel, Moshe reminds them of Hashem's greatness - |
"There is nobody like the G-d of the Jews whose Shechina dwells in the heavens and who comes to your help." He created the world and leads it. He pulverized the giants Sichon and Og and told you to destroy them.
"I see that there will soon come a time when each and every Jew in Eretz Yisroel will live safely... all throughout the land. The land will flourish, as was promised in the blessings of your forefathers, Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov.
"Be happy, Bnei Yisroel! Hashem, the creator of the entire world, the one G-d who controls everything that happens, has chosen to help and protect you! Your enemies will be running scared when they hear that Hashem's mighty nation is coming to claim the land!"
"But just remember, all the victories in the world are just a hint of the real reward that is waiting for the keepers of Hashem's Mitzvot - in Olom Habah, (the world to come).
All day Moshe has been saying goodbye to his people. As the day dwindles, they know that they will not see him when the sun rises. As a last gesture of friendship, Moshe apologizes for being so tough on the nation. The people also apologize. They
know they've been a tough act to handle. Moshe and the Bnei Yisroel agree to forgive and forget. But for forty years Bnei Yisroel has relied on Moshe, their rebbe, to lead them, guide them, and protect them from the wrath of Hashem. Without Moshe, how can they go on?|
Moshe's got one final piece of advice for the nation: Don't put your trust in a human being; a tzadik, a great leader, a big talker... it makes no difference. Only Hashem, the Creator, can really help you out. Hashem is the one who controls everything. He will listen to you - even if you are a sinner, you can turn to Hashem to guide you.
The people are touched by Moshe's words. In a single voice they cry out "We trust in Hashem."
Hashem commands Moshe to go to the summit of the Har Nevo. Moshe climbs up eagerly, springing to the top in one leap. His strength at the age of 120 still matches that of his youth. The Bnei Yisroel watch his ascent for the last time.
Moshe is given another look at Eretz Yisroel. But this time Hashem shows him where each Shevet will settle. Moshe experiences the life and times of every descendant of Bnei Yisroel all the way up to Techiat Ha'maytim, - Moshiach's time. Now Moshe is complete.
He is ready to die.
the all-time greatest prophet, you know that death is nothing to
fear. Especially since Moshe already spent 40 days in heaven before,
when Hashem gave him the Torah.
Who is great enough
to take the Neshoma (soul) of Moshe? Not the angel of
death! Moshe fights him off with his walking stick! Hashem
sends three Malachim (angels), Michoel, Gavriel and Zagzagal.
Michoel, the Malach of mercy, prepares a bed. This is
to show that Moshe's greatest quality in leadership has always
been mercy. Gavriel, the Malach of justice, spreads a
linen cloth for Moshe's head to show that Moshe always understood
when and how to rebuke the Bnei Yisroel. Then the holiest
of all Malachim, Zagzagal, places a cloth down for Moshe's
feet. Hashem, Himself, descends from Shamayim.
He commands Moshe to lay down on the bed and close his eyes. Hashem
now speaks to Moshe's Neshoma: "I placed you in this
body 120 years ago. It is now time to return to Shamayim
(heaven)." The Neshoma replies, "Hashem, it
is greater to remain in this holy body of Moshe than to be with
the Malachim of Shamayim." Hashem "kisses"
Moshe. Instantly, the pleasure of being so close to Hashem
draws his Neshoma up to Shamayim. Moshe's body
is placed in a grave that was prepared during the six days of
creation just a few minutes before the first Shabbat.
Himself, buries Moshe. This was a reward for Moshe having taken
Yosef's remains out of Mitzrayim to be buried in Eretz
The exact location
of Moshe's gravesite is only known by Hashem. The Torah
tells us that Moshe's body is buried opposite where the Bnei
Yisroel worshipped the idol Baal Peor with the daughters
of Midyan. In his zechut (merit), this terrible sin is
Moshe died on the seventh of Adar, 2488 (Feb. 23, 1273 BCE).
He had been born 120 years earlier on the same Jewish date.
For 30 days Bnei Yisroel pours out its heart, weeping for their Rebbe. During this time, they remain in the plains of Moav.
The final words of the Torah declare, "There will never be another prophet like Moshe." Only Moshe, a humble shepherd who cared for even a single lost lamb, could be trusted to lead Hashem's chosen nation out of bondage and into greatness of a Torah nation.
- JUST A
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to life 2,368 years later. His name is Moshe Rabbeinu!
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