Numbers 20:12
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12  But Hashem said to Moshe and Aharon, “Because you did not trust Me enough to affirm My sanctity in the sight of B’nei Yisrael, therefore you shall not lead this congregation into the land that I have given them.”

va-YO-mer a-do-NAI el mo-SHEH v’-el a-ha-RON YA-an lo he-e-man-TEM BEE l’-HAK-dee-SHAY-nee l’-ay-NAY b’-NAY yis-ra-AYL la-KHAYN LO ta-VEE-u et ha-ka-HAL ha-ZEH el ha-A-retz a-sher na-TA-tee la-HEM

יב  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה וְאֶל־אַהֲרֹן יַעַן לֹא־הֶאֱמַנְתֶּם בִּי לְהַקְדִּישֵׁנִי לְעֵינֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לָכֵן לֹא תָבִיאוּ אֶת־הַקָּהָל הַזֶּה אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר־נָתַתִּי לָהֶם׃

 20:12   Because you did not trust Me

Rashi (1040-1105)

The account of Moshe hitting the rock to get water for his people is one of the most perplexing stories in the entire Bible. Hashem tells him to speak to the rock in order to bring forth water, but Moshe hits the rock instead and is punished by being prevented from entering the Land of Israel, “because you did not trust Me enough to affirm My sanctity in the sight of the B’nei Yisrael.” What could be so terrible about hitting the rock instead of speaking to it? One explanation, given by Rashi, is that while Moshe understood that the water flowing from the rock was God’s doing, he did not make this sufficiently clear to the rest of the Children of Israel. Instead of hitting the rock, which implied that it was his own power that brought forth the water, Moshe should have spoken to it. By failing to do this, he missed an opportunity to attribute greatness to Hashem. It is not enough for us to recognize Hashem in our lives or within history; we have a duty to make sure others recognize Him as well.

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  • It seems such a harsh punishment doesn't it! But at the end of the day there is no-one who is higher than Hashem, not Moses or Aaron. The thought just crossed my mind, in Genesis G-d speaks the words and the earth is created, the earth and all that is with in, under the seas and above in the skies, all these createrd by the spoken word of G-d. Moses should have known/remembered that, but sometimes in frustration we react inproperly. I do feel for Moses, he had a discontented mass of people to contend with, and probably reacted without even thinking. Yes he did miss an opportunity, but Hashem still showed the promised land to Moses, shows us His heart for Moses and His understanding too.


Numbers 20:12

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