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Eikev Question 1

Weekly Parsha Questions

Eikev Question 1

Yechiel Shaffer

In preparing the Jewish people for crossing the Jordan river, into what will become the Land of Israel, Moshe instructs his people, saying:

דברים פרשת עקב פרק ט

ז) זכר אל־תשכח את אשר־הקצפת את־יקוק אלהיך במדבר למן־היום אשר־יצאת מארץ מצרים עד־באכם עד־המקום הזה ממרים הייתם עם־יקוק

7. Remember do not forget, how you angered the Lord, your God, in the desert; from the day that you went out of the land of Egypt, until you came to this place, you have been rebelling against the Lord.

Why does Moshe remind the Jews of their lack of merit in conquering the land? In whose merit do we successfully conquer the land?

What role does this humbling message impart for future generations when they will examine their presence in the land?

What is the relevance of this message for us today?