Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 28, 2015

Vaeschanan – And I Pleaded

This week’s Torah reading is Vaeschanan, “And I pleaded”.  The Shabbos is also referred to as Shabbos Nachamu, the Shabbos of Comfort.  We have just recently experienced Tisha B’Av, the destruction of our Holy Temple and our exile.  The Shabbos provides comfort from this tragic event.  This week is also the 15th of Ave, Erev Shabbos.  The 15th of Ave was widely celebrated.  It comes shortly after we are emotionally in the reverse mode, in mourning and in great sadness.  Then in less than a week we are celebrating at a very high level. In the future, the 9th of Av will be a special festival of joy.  This will take place when our 3rd Temple will be built.  The 15th of Av is when the moon is full, shinning at its maximum.  The Jewish nation is compared to the moon.  Thus the month of Av has the future potential for an abundance of joy and an abundance of light. This is one of the items Moshe pleaded for in this week’s Torah Reading.  He pleaded to be allowed to enter Israel. Well that was denied for now.  He pleaded to see Israel, that he was shown.  He then pleaded to see the future of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple.  That he was denied for now. Moshe wishes to instill in the Jewish Nation that there will come a time when all exile will end.  They will shine bright and full like the moon and enjoy the splendor of the 3rd and final Holy Temple. Thus when we again hear the reading of the 10 Commandments in the Torah Reading we become energized to fulfill our way of life,  we are indeed joyous and comforted.  We know that soon, Moshe and we the Jewish Nation will no longer be denied.  We will see our 3rd Holy Temple soon in Jerusalem.

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