By Rabbi Natan Halevy
In this week's Parasha, Moses recounts his numerous requests and prayers to God to enter the land of Israel. All his prayers are to no avail. He prays so many times, until Hashem literally says, “Enough! Stop speaking to me about this matter!” to Moshe. God tells Moshe to go up to the top of the mountain that overlooks Israel and look in all four directions over the land. He then says, ending the story, Joshua will lead the nation into Israel.
The Torah is all about lessons. Why is Moshe speaking about this? What is the lesson here?
The resolution to this query is related to the topic of ‘integration’ that we’ve been discussing. Integration can be defined as uniting the disparate parts of a whole and creating greater linkage and functioning. Integration in our lives leads to health and fulfilment. Something that strengthens the integration we desire for ourselves is the intention we set in our lives. Our intentions influence the direction of our energy flow, our attention and connection. Our intentions’ impact on our attention is directly linked to the neural firing and connections in our brain.
Our ‘internal statements,’ or our inner voice, also activate brain circuitry that reinforces what we are telling ourselves. How much more so when we engage physically and speak these words.
This helps shed light on Moshe’s interaction with God. Part of the reason Moshe wants to enter Israel is to fulfill the mitzvot that can only be done in Israel.
Although Moshe didn’t enter Israel, God empowered him by having him gaze on the entire land. God was honoring Moshe’s intention of fulfilling the commandments connected with the land on a higher spiritual level, one that was beyond their physical fulfillment. Moshe gazing upon the land also strengthened actions and mitzvot which future generations of Israel would fulfill in the land.
May we connect to the intention we’ve had for over 2000 years, the rebuilding of Israel, Jerusalem and the holy Temple, Amen!
Shabbat Shalom Umevorach!