Israel Forever

For the week ending 4 September 2010 / 24 Elul 5770

Last Shabbat of the Year

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

On the last Shabbat of the year 5770 we will be reading about the last day of the life of our beloved teacher Moshe.

In the second of the two Torah chapters which will be read in synagogues throughout the world, Moshe takes leave of the people he has led for forty trying years. He offers them moving words of encouragement that they will succeed in conquering the nations that stand in the way of their inheriting the land promised to their ancestors.

At a time when so many obstacles face the Jewish People in safely living in the land to which they have returned after such a long exile, it is comforting to reflect upon the total fulfillment of Moshe's prophecy which we will eventually deserve – the promise of Israel forever.

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