Deuteronomy 34:1
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1  Moshe went up from the steppes of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the summit of Pisgah, opposite Yericho, and Hashem showed him the whole land: Gilad as far as Dan;

va-YA-al mo-SHEH may-ar-VOT mo-AV el HAR n’-VO ROSH ha-pis-GAH a-SHER al p’-NAY y’-ray-KHO va-yar-AY-hu a-do-NAI et kol ha-A-retz et ha-gil-AD ad DAN

א  וַיַּעַל מֹשֶׁה מֵעַרְבֹת מוֹאָב אֶל־הַר נְבוֹ רֹאשׁ הַפִּסְגָּה אֲשֶׁר עַל־פְּנֵי יְרֵחוֹ וַיַּרְאֵהוּ יְהֹוָה אֶת־כָּל־הָאָרֶץ אֶת־הַגִּלְעָד עַד־דָּן׃

 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.

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  • Well, I'm afraid I sat and read these words and just sobbed for Moses. To have gone so far and then not to walk into the land promised, I know, I know why, and I understand it, but for a moment consider Moses and all he had been through with the Jewish slaves as they came out of Egypt, how he endured their constant falling away from Hashem and encouraged them back. He goal, his mind set on bringing B'nei Yisrael to the 'Promised Land', teaching the Law and the commands of Hashem, then blessing each tribe, knowing full well he would not be part of that amazing moment when the tribes entered the Land.
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    I have enjoyed reading the book of Deuteronomy, I've felt challenged and sometimes angry that I have not understood the dealings of Hashem with the B'nei Yisreal before, and grateful that now I have.
    Thank you Shira.

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Deuteronomy 34:1

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