34:1 And Hashem showed him the whole land
As the leader of the Jewish people, Moshe involved himself with all matters of concern to the nation. Yet, his final activity in this world was devoted to one area alone: Moshe ascends the mountain of Nevo and gazes upon the Land of Israel. The Talmud (Sotah 14a) asks: Why did Moshe desire to enter Eretz Yisrael? Was it to enjoy its fruits or to satiate himself of its bounty? The Talmud answers that Moshe’s desire was a spiritual one; he craved an opportunity to keep the commandments unique to the Land of Israel. While he was not permitted to enter, being allowed to view the land was a comfort to Moshe, as he understood that even just seeing it propels a person to new spiritual heights. Similarly, there are people today who access high balconies in the Old City of Yerushalayim in order to view Har Habayit, the Temple Mount. They appreciate the spiritual benefit they can get just from seeing this holy sight.2 comments
4 And Hashem said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov, ‘I will assign it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your own eyes, but you shall not cross there.”
ה וַיָּמָת שָׁם מֹשֶׁה עֶבֶד־יְהֹוָה בְּאֶרֶץ מוֹאָב עַל־פִּי יְהֹוָה׃
7 Moshe was a hundred and twenty years old when he died; his eyes were undimmed and his vigor unabated.
ז וּמֹשֶׁה בֶּן־מֵאָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה בְּמֹתוֹ לֹא־כָהֲתָה עֵינוֹ וְלֹא־נָס לֵחֹה׃
יא לְכָל־הָאֹתוֹת וְהַמּוֹפְתִים אֲשֶׁר שְׁלָחוֹ יְהֹוָה לַעֲשׂוֹת בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם לְפַרְעֹה וּלְכָל־עֲבָדָיו וּלְכָל־אַרְצוֹ׃