“We Want the Torah and We Want it NOW!”
Moshe continued, “Until today HaShem has not given you a heart to understand, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear. Today you have been blessed with a new heart, a new pair of eyes and a new pair of ears!”
Wait. Hold on. What’s this heart, eyes and ear business all about? And what changed on that day? A new doctor came to town? Or rather came to the desert?
Let’s turn to Rashi to find out “the rest of the story”:
“I heard,” begins Rashi, “that on that very day, Moshe had given the Torah to the Tribe of Levi. All the Jews from the other tribes came to Moshe with a major complaint, ‘We too stood at Sinai and received the Torah! Why are you giving the Levi’im control over the Torah? The day may come when they will claim that it only belongs to them and nobody else!’”
Rashi, Book of Devarim, Chapter 29, Pasuk 3
Now, what do you think? Was Moshe happy when he heard the complaining of Bnei Yisrael? HE SURE WAS… as Rashi continues:
“Moshe was so very happy when he heard this and responded, ‘Today you have become a nation! Today I see that you are connected to HaShem and truly want to be close to Him.’”
Indeed, Moshe Rabbeinu was thrilled because his message came through. He was excited that Bnei Yisrael were passionate about HaShem’s Torah! (They desired that special connection to HaShem. Now as the Torah describes, Moshe understood, how after 40 years in the desert, Bnei Yisrael had finally acquired a “heart to understand” HaShem’s Torah; “eyes to see” HaShem’s miracles; “and ears to hear” wise words from their great leader.
Moshe concluded, “Always remember… HaShem loves you and wants only the best for you. So, stand firm, keep HaShem’s Torah, in order that you shall succeed in all your endeavors!”