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Va'eschanan Question 1

Weekly Parsha Questions

Va'eschanan Question 1

Yechiel Shaffer

At the beginning of Va’eschanan (Deuteronomy Chapter 3:23 – 29) Moshe tells us of his plea with God regarding his entry to the sacred land which the Jewish people are to shortly conquer. Moshe tells us of Gods reaction to his persistent pleas:

דברים פרשת דברים – ואתחנן פרק ג

כו) ויתעבר יקוק בי למענכם ולא שמע אלי ויאמר יקוק אלי רב־לך אל־תוסף דבר אלי עוד בדבר הזה

26. But the Lord was angry with me because of you, and He did not listen to me, and the Lord said to me, “It is enough for you; speak to Me no more regarding this matter.

Why does Moshe say the God both did not listen to his requests and advised him to stop making the request?

Would Moshe have been able to change God’s decision regarding his future if he had continue to plead to enter Israel? What would have the future looked like with Moshe entering the land of Israel?

What do the words רב־לך mean? Who are the pleas to much for (See the Chizkuni, Medrash Aggadah, Ba’al Haturim ad. loc. for some of many interesting approaches)?