Lerefuah Shleima (for the speedy recovery) of Rav Moshe Tzvi Ben Freyda Simcha and Moshe Avraham Ben Mina Masha Chaya who are both fighting cancer right now!
This week we read from the Torah two parshiyot. Nitzavim and Vayelech. The beginning of the second parsha, Vayeilech begins with the verse “ And Moshe went and spoke to Bnei Yisrael,” (Devarim 31:1). However, it is puzzling why this week’s parsha begins “ and Moshe went” before speaking about how he spoke to Bnei Yisrael. While, there are many instances throughout the Torah where Moshe spoke to Bnei Yisrael the Torah always just speaks about how Moshe spoke to Bnei Yisrael and not he went to speak to Bnei Yisrael. So, why does this parsha add the extra phrase of Moshe going to speak to Bnei Yisrael.
Rav Tzadok Melublin Z’’TL, as told to me by my good friend Alex Lubat who heard this in the name of his Rebbe Rav Moshe Tzvi Weinberg of YU Shlitta gives a beautiful answer to this question, teaching an important lesson crucial for us to learn right before Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Rav Tzadok explains that the reason why the Torah stresses that Moshe went before he spoke to Bnei Yisrael was to teach us that even at this moment very close to his death Moshe was not ready to throw in the towel, take it easy and retire but keep on improving himself to further his relationship with GOD and his fellow man.
With Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur coming up we need to remember Rav Tzadok’s lesson that like Moshe as long as we are in this world we can always improve and grow in our relationship with GOD and our fellow man in ways both big and small. Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are an especially appropriate time to do this when our ability to repent is more powerful than it is normally.
May Moschiach come soon.
Good Shabbos, Shabbat Shalom, Gut Shabbes-Gidon Herschander