Moshe KempinskiMoshe Kempinski, author of "The Teacher and the Preacher", is the editor of the Jerusalem Insights weekly email journal and co-owner of Shorashim, a Biblical shop and learning center in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Yet even understanding this, we need - at times - to find the strength to walk the long trek. This is especially true as we begin to sense the excitement of arrival and can taste the sweet fulfilment of destiny. We are living in a time wherein many of the pieces of the prophetic puzzle are falling into place. The sense is that we are getting closer.
Where can we find the strength?
"For the cloud of Hashem was upon the Mishkan by day, and there was fire within it at night, before the eyes of the entire house of Israel in all their journeys.(Exodus 40:38).
"Moshe could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud rested upon it and the glory of Hashem filled the Mishkan." (Exodus 40:35).
When the Israelites were on the edge of the Red Sea, the Egyptians were closing in from behind and the desert was closing in on the sides. They cried out to G-d. and Moshe then tells them the following;
But Hashem warns them to keep doing what they needed to do. “And Hashem said unto Moshe: Why are you crying out to Me? Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward.” ( ibid 14:15). G-d expects us all, in our corporate and personal walks, to take a step forward in faith, regardless of the obstacles. Only when we take that step into our destiny do “the seas split open”.
" Then the angel of G-d, who had been going in front of the Israelite camp, moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved away from in front of them and stood behind them. And he came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel, and there were the cloud and the darkness, and it illuminated the night, and one did not draw near the other all night long.. And Moshe stretched out his hand over the sea, and Hashem led the sea with the strong east wind all night, and He made the sea into dry land and the waters split. ( ibid :19-21) .
They remained faithful and acted in the manner they were bidden to do and then and only then they were redeemed.
The book of Leviticus begins with the following words; “And He called ( Vayikra) to Moses, and the Lord spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting,"(Leviticus 1:1). Rashi points out that previously when G-d spoke to Moshe we see the use of the words of “And He spoke,( VaYidaber)” or “and He said(VaYomer) and also ” “and He commanded ( VaYitzav) ”. The use of Vayikra is instructive. It denotes a statement of affection .We see the same expression employed by the ministering angels when speaking to each other, as it says, “And one called ( Ve Karah) to the other and said, "Holy, holy, holy is Hashem Tzva-ot; the whole earth is full of His glory."(Isaiah 6:3).
What does it mean when the verse says " You have placed my tears in Your flask"? The message is clear and dramatic. There is never a tear shed in vain or a prayer left unanswered. It is all about waiting for Hashem's timing. It is all about doing all that we can and must do. That translates into building more settlements, planting more trees teaching more Torah and actively protecting this land.
LeRefuat Yehudit Bat Golda Yocheved