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 people. 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) poses the question: 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.1 comment
3 the Negev; and the Plain—the Valley of Yericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar.
ג וְאֶת־הַנֶּגֶב וְאֶת־הַכִּכָּר בִּקְעַת יְרֵחוֹ עִיר הַתְּמָרִים עַד־צֹעַר׃
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־יְהוָה בְּאֶרֶץ מוֹאָב עַל־פִּי יְהוָה׃
6 He buried him in the valley in the land of Moab, near Beth-peor; and no one knows his burial place to this day.
ו וַיִּקְבֹּר אֹתוֹ בַגַּיְ בְּאֶרֶץ מוֹאָב מוּל בֵּית פְּעוֹר וְלֹא־יָדַע אִישׁ אֶת־קְבֻרָתוֹ עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה׃
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 יְהוָה לַעֲשׂוֹת בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם לְפַרְעֹה וּלְכָל־עֲבָדָיו וּלְכָל־אַרְצוֹ׃