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On Your Mark, Get Set… STOP!

On Your Mark, Get Set… STOP!

Only five more Pesukim till the end of the entire Chumash! It is super important that HaShem uses two of the five Pesukim to tell us:

“Bnei Yisrael cried for Moshe for 30 days, and the mourning period for Moshe ended.

And Yehoshua was full of wisdom because Moshe had placed his hands upon him, and Bnei Yisrael listened to him and they did exactly what HaShem told Moshe.”

Hold on a second!

  1. The Torah says “Bnei Yisrael cried for 30 days,” so of course they stopped crying after 30 days. And why does the Torah need to tell us, “and the mourning period for Moshe ended”? Couldn’t we have figured this out ourselves?
  2. Bnei Yisrael spent 30 days crying, and then in one moment they were able to stop crying for their beloved Moshe and continue with Yehoshua as their leader?! How did they manage that?


For the answers, let’s “Shazak Flashback” (now it’s a verb) back to Parshas VaYeilech. Moshe was still strong as ever, yet he called the people together to meet the man who would lead them after his passing.

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.”

Aha! So, that’s the answer!

The reason the people were able to get over Moshe’s passing was because they had his capable replacement, Yehoshua. Aha!

And the reason they were able to accept Yehoshua so easily was because Moshe had wisely prepared them for this moment during his lifetime. Aha! Aha!

In fact, this may be what the Pasuk means when it says, “Bnei Yisrael listened to Yehoshua, and did exactly what HaShem told Moshe.” Even after his passing, Moshe’s leadership continued through Yehoshua – when the people followed Yehoshua, they were actually following Moshe Rabbeinu.

Aha! Aha! Aha! Now I get it!

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