Moshe Rabbeinu never merited to step foot in the Holy Land. And it was not until the day of his passing that he would climb Mount Nevo and view Eretz Yisrael. Yet now, Moshe describes the land in great detail, as if he had just been there himself and the trip was fresh in his mind.
“The land of Israel is beautiful and fruitful! It’s a land of seven special foods (the Shivas HaMinim): It’s a land of wheat, barley, grapes, figs and pomegranates; a land of oil-from olives and honey from dates. You will lack nothing in this land. It’s a land of rich minerals – whose stones produce chunks of iron, and out of whose mountains you will mine copper.”
“Sounds great. Can’t wait to plow, plant, and pick from the fruitful fields.”
“And I’ll need a solid sledgehammer for some mountain hacking.”
“HaShem is bringing you to a good land, a land streaming with brooks of water and fountains spurting from the depths of the earth.”
“Finally! After 40 years in the hot, barren desert, living in a land with natural streams and rivers, sounds like a dream come true!”