INSIGHT: For Moshe it was Easy

Simple?! – A Shazak Scenario

Simple?! – A Shazak Scenario

“And now Bnei Yisrael,” says Moshe, “what does HaShem want from you? Just to fear Him, follow in all His ways, love Him, and serve Him with all your heart and soul.”

Sounds simple enough.

What?! Simple enough?! Fearing HaShem, loving Him and serving Him heart-and-soul sounds like an almost impossible task, something that only very holy people can accomplish.

And another question. What does “now Bnei Yisrael” mean? What’s this “now” all about?

To understand this… it’s time for a Shazak Scenario:

“OK class,” calls Professor Filbert Feinstein on the first day of the advanced physics course he is teaching. “Get out your notebooks and write the laws of quantum physics.”

“But professor,” chime in the 120-plus students in the classroom, “we don’t know a thing about quantum physics. It’s the most complicated subject ever!”

“Aha!” replies the professor with a smile. “It’s hard for you now at the start of the course, but this assignment isn’t due for another 10 months. By the time you complete my physics course, it will be simple – you will become quantum physics experts!”

Back to Moshe Rabbeinu in the desert. Moshe Rabbeinu, the master teacher, has been guiding and speaking to the Jewish people for 40 years. They were about to graduate Moshe’s course in Emunah and serve HaShem!

ועתה ישראל

Now my people… Bnei Yisrael,” Moshe is telling the Jewish people, “after all the lessons I taught you these past 40 years while we were together in the desert, I am confident that you have “graduated.” Now my people… Bnei Yisrael, fearing HaShem, following in all His ways, loving Him, and serving Him with all your heart is not hard… in fact, it is quite easy.”

Shazak insight

For Moshe it was Easy – The BIG QUESTION

Time for a real Shazak insight!

The great Sages of the Talmud ask the same question Shazak asked (or rather, Shazak asked the same question the Sages of the Talmud asked): “Could it be that fearing Heaven is a small (simple) thing to accomplish?”

The answer of those Sages was, “Indeed, for Moshe it was an easy task.”

But the problem is that Moshe wasn’t talking about himself; he was speaking to Bnei Yisrael!

Indeed, this question has troubled scholars throughout the ages, and they have given many wonderful explanations.

Here at Shazak, we interpreted this to mean, “Indeed, for Moshe – in Moshe’s viewpoint, NOW, after 40 years of teaching Bnei Yisrael how to serve HaShem, fear of Heaven (and serving HaShem) is a simple matter!

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