The Frontline Fighters
Moshe continued his talk, educating and energizing the new generation for their next stop, their final stop… Eretz Yisrael. But there were some more history lessons that Moshe felt necessary to set the record straight.
“Well, what about those two tribes of ours that were too frightened to enter the land?” some of the people wondered, with a worried look in their eyes.
“Yes. How can we be expected to fight bravely, when these strong tribes won’t even join us in battle?!”
Time for another Flashback… back to Parshas Matos.
The tribes of Reuven and Gad sent messengers to Moshe with a request, “We have lots and lots of cows and sheep. Please let us settle right here on the east of the Yardein (Jordan river), which we just conquered from Sichon and Og. There are plenty of green, grassy pastures here – it will be the perfect place for our flocks to graze.”
Moshe was terribly disappointed. “Live outside of Eretz Yisrael?” he asked. “You are two of our strongest tribes. If you don’t enter the land, you will discourage the other tribes from conquering the land! They’ll think you’re afraid to fight the Cana’anim!
“Well then, we’ll even fight at the dangerous frontlines of combat. We’ll lead the charge!”
“And we’ll fight until the war is completely over, and until all the land is divided among the tribes.”
Moshe turned to his people again, reasoning with them, “So you see, my dear people. There is nothing to fear. These strong tribes will be at the frontlines, leading the way for us to conquer the Holy Land!”
“Yes! Yes! Yes!”
The people were truly energized.