Nisan Jaffee
Former Ornithologist

Shabbos of Consolation

‎V’eschanan – Shabbos of Consolation

Moshe has implored before,
And never been rebuffed,
He pleads again in this parsha,
But now he’s told, “Enough”.

I suggest this plea is different,
Than his appeals of other days,
He entreated then for his people,
Now it’s for himself he prays.

I’ve heard another explanation,
Why he couldn’t reach the Land,
If HaShem had let him enter,
Geula would have been at hand.

Sounds like some rationalization,
That our mesorah tries to sell,
“If only we’d done such-and-such,
All would have turned out well”.

On my tougher days it seems as if,
We’re playing blind man’s buff,
And no matter what we might have done,
It would not have been “enough”.

So if it’s all the same to you,
I’ll stick to my suggestion,
And beseech HaShem for others,
One of Moshe’s final lessons.

This is the hope I cling to,
On this Shabbos of consolation,
So please, my brother, take my hand,
And let us seek compassion.

About the Author
Born in New York City in 1952, Nisan moved in 1967 to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. He graduated from Colgate University, and received an MA in Biology from William and Mary. Nisan resided in Charlottesville, VA, Newtonville, MA, and Baltimore, MD before making aliyah in 2013. He has been married for 40 years, with three adult children and ten grandchildren. He lives in Efrat.
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