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INSIGHT: The Love and “Lev” of a Leader

Up the Mountain… Again

Up the Mountain… Again

The next day, on the 18th of Tammuz, Moshe informed his people that he would again be going up on Mount Sinai.

“I’m going to pray, beg, plead, and do whatever it takes for HaShem to completely forgive you. Maybe, just maybe, HaShem will give us a new set of Luchos.”

Moshe climbed Mount Sinai and again remained there for 40 days. During this time, he used every method of persuasion to convince HaShem to forgive the Jewish nation.

Finally, Moshe was willing to give up the one thing that was most dear to him – the Torah itself – for the sake of his people. He cried out, “HaShem! Please forgive Bnei Yisrael! If You won’t forgive them, then erase my name from the Torah which You wrote!”

“Moshe,” HaShem said at last, “Agreed. I will give Bnei Yisrael new Luchos to replace the ones you broke.”

After these 40 days, on the 29th day of the month of Av, Moshe came down from Mount Sinai with a smile on his face.

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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!

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