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Vayailech 5777 – Shine On!

Shine On!

A Hint Into Moshe’s Past

And Hashem said to Moshe, “Behold, your days are approaching [for you] to die…”

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה אֶל משֶׁה הֵן קָרְבוּ יָמֶיךָ לָמוּת (Devarim 31:14).


The KliYakar points out that the word “Behold – הֵן” is extra. However, we did hear this word used Moshe Rabbainu to cast doubt on BnaiYisrael:

Moses answered and said, “Behold ((הןthey will not believe me, and they will not heed my voice, but they will say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’ ” (Shmos 4:1).

Do You Really Know What Others Will Say or Do?

There are serious repercussions against someone who casts suspicion on another person as we see from the following Gemara (Shabbos 97a):

ReshLakish said: He who entertains a suspicion against innocent men is bodily afflicted, for it is written, And Moshe said, “Behold (הן), they will not believe me” (consequently Moshe was struck with leprosy. It was known to the Holy One, blessed be he, that Israel would believe. Hashem said to Moshe, “They are believers, the descendants of believers, whereas you will ultimately disbelieve!” They are believers, as it is written, and the people believed (Shemos 4:31); the descendants of believers: and he (Avraham) believed in Hashem (Bereishis 15:6).You will ultimately disbelieve, as it is said, (And Hashem said to Moses and Aaron),“Because you did not believe in me… (Bamidbar 20:12)”

If I Look Down On Others It Causes Me to Fall

How can such a strict rebuke possibly be said about Moshe and Aharon?! What caused this great fall?

The KliYakar goes on to explain that the same suspicion one casts on his fellow man will ultimately be cast on him, as the Gemora states (Kiddushin 70a): He who declares [others] unfit is [himself] unfit.

“Beholdהן-, your days are approaching [for you] to die…”

The word הן is not an extra word. Hashem is saying to Moshe the doubts you cast on BnaiYisrael when you were first commanded to take them out of Mitzrayim eventually caused you to doubt Me. You will not enter the Holy Land of Israel, just as you thought that BnaiYisrael will not enter the Holy Land.

How to Bring a Good Judgement into the World

What we think of others has a profound influence in the heavens. By looking down on another person we are bringing that exact flaw into the world. And because we are creators of that flaw, we will be the first to feel its full force. The good news is that we can change the judgement on anyone by finding the good in what they do. This creates a good judgement on that person in the heavens and consequently brings good into the world. So too, we will ultimately feel the full force of that good!

There’s not much time left before Yom HaDin. We are all believers, the children of believers. There is no doubt that Hashem loves us and will answer our prayers. Every one of us!


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