The Love and “Lev” of a Leader
Now for a fascinating insight.
Although Moshe loved the Torah deeply, the love he had for the Jewish people was even greater. He loved them so much that he could not bear to see HaShem angry at them. That’s why Moshe offered to give up having his name written in the Torah.
It’s not by chance that these special words, “And if not erase me from your Torah,” is written in Chapter 32, Verse 32. In Hebrew, 32 is writtenלֵב lamed-beis, which spells the word lev, translated as “heart.” The word lev even sounds like the word “love”!
This is what Perek Lev, Pasuk Lev, is all about – Moshe’s great love for his beloved nation, Bnei Yisrael.
Let’s take this one step further: There is one page in the Talmud that describes in detail the conversation between Moshe and HaShem. Moshe is portrayed there as a non-relenting leader who is willing to do anything it takes in order to convince HaShem to totally forgive Bnei Yisrael. The name of the Talmudic book is called Brochos, and guess what page this is on? You guessed it! Page 32 – Lev!