Kenneth Cohen

Fear of the Nation of Israel

As Moshe Rabbeinu recounts the later events of the forty year journey in the wilderness, he pointed to a recent great day. He uses the words, היום הזה, that on this day great things took place. He was referring to his battle with the giant, Sichon, King of Emori. The similar wording used here and in the Book of Joshua, points to the fact that the sun stood still for Moshe, as it did for Yehoshua. Extra hours were needed to finish off the enemy, and it was provided by way of miracle.
It is interesting to note that the text points to the time when both in the past and in the future, the same phenomenon will occur.

It is referring to the fear and awe that the nations of the world will have for Israel. It will be something inexplicable how mighty nations will be gripped by genuine fear of little Israel.

Somehow the nations of the world will realize that the G-d of Israel is with the Jewish people. He is the One that fights their battles, and He is invincible. It may be a subconscious recognition, but the time will come, just as it did in the past, that the world will tremble and be in awe of Israel.

These are incredible times that we are witnessing. One needs to merely open his eyes to see the miracles, and realize that we are fast approaching the time of admiration and outright fear of the nation of Israel.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at