INSIGHT: 7th day of Adar – Who Says?

Next Up: Yehoshua

Next Up: Yehoshua

It was the 7th day of Adar in the year 2488. VaYeilech Moshe – “and Moshe went.” The great leader was as strong as ever, yet HaShem had informed him that it was time to hand over the leadership to his prize student, Yehoshua.

Moshe announced in a powerful voice, “Today I am exactly 120 years old. Today is my birthday, the day I came to the world, and today is the day I will leave it. As you can see, I am still strong, yet HaShem has decided that my time is over. My mission has come to an end. It’s time for me to say goodbye.”

“Oh no! We knew it was coming, but we can’t believe it’s happening!

“What are we going to do now?!”

“Fear not!” Moshe calmed them. “You are now about to enter Eretz Yisrael. HaShem will never forsake you and you will overcome your enemies.”

Moshe wisely called for Yehoshua to step forward. “HaShem has chosen my student, Yehoshua, to be your new leader.”

“Hmmm. This sure is wise of our great, esteemed leader.”

“Sure thing! Now that Moshe Rabbeinu has appointed his student as the new leader, for all to see, nobody will ever challenge Yehoshua’s leadership!”

Moshe then faced Yehoshua and blessed him, “Chazak Ve’Amatz! Be strong and courageous! You will be the one to lead the nation into the land promised to our forefathers, and HaShem will protect and guide you.”


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7th day of Adar – Who Says?

The only Yahrtzeit (Yiddish word for anniversary of someone’s passing) mentioned in the Torah is that of Aharon. So how do we know that Moshe passed away on the 7th of Adar?

Here’s how. We read in the Book of Yehoshua (the first Book of the Prophets, a.k.a. Nevi’im) that Bnei Yisrael entered Eretz Yisrael on the 10th of Nissan, after 3 days of preparation for the trip. This happened after the Jews had mourned Moshe for 30 days. Thirty-three days before 10 Nissan is the 7th of Adar.

And how do we know that Moshe was born on the 7th of Adar?

Simple. On the last day of his life, Moshe said, “Today I am 120,” meaning that it was his 120th birthday.

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