Parashas V’Zos Ha’Beracha
Rabbi David Katz
Parashas V’Z’H’B takes course like most moments of spirituality in life, often requiring Faith and Trust in Hashem right to the end before revealing the revelation that eternally changes perception. We see that Sinai was defined by such parameters, and often times in life our greatest moments of clarity or success come only by means of having the endurance of containing a nasty four letter word called “wait”[ing]; patience is a virtue. Our Parasha although significant in many ways from start to finish, only the end [after having built up Torah’s biggest Moses moment through anticipating his death] resonates with Moses’ most powerful message, and it comes down literally to the last words and an addition by Rashi. In the end, we are introduced with Moses’ passionate climax in his last moment; ישראל which is י-שר-אל “he will have sang about God. As Moses pours his heart out, it is likened to the Torah’s hidden song of the Messiah that Moses ironically delivered over the broken tablets, conjuring memories of Sinai that took place on Shabbat. Moses’ message is contained on Shabbat and is enclothed in every way within Shabbat.
The Torah ends with Moses dying in the Plains of Moav, the traditional scene and theme of the Torah’s retelling as per “Mishna Torah” and taking to the local premises to issue a monumental Messianic ending, similar to the end of Bamidbar. Our End of Days moment, where Moses finally reaches his apex as the eventual Messiah, is told in a context that he sang this tune through his action of breaking the tablets. He wouldn’t sing in the normative sense, rather he would bare his soul and express the absolute essence of the Torah; think no further than smashing the tablets – to which Hashem agrees with this approach. By Devarim’s end, this is formality, and we are told [with the help of Rashi] – “That” what you did [i.e. smashing the tablets] was for the eyes of all of Israel. This would be Moses’ greatest action, moment, miracle, etc., his life-defining moment, such that all prophecies of the future shall be remnants within the broken shards whose essence remained vocal from Sinai…the day that began on the great Shabbat. [This is hinted in the 6 Days of Creation, as Hashem alludes to “The Sixth Day” – i.e. Shavuot which is the 6th of Sivan.]
Point blank, we are told that Moses’ will be remembered for breaking the tablets, as that was an expression of his essential mentality of greatness, such that it was for all intents and purposes his Messiah moment that he will revisit in the End of days, where he will sing this song again [this time with an audience able to absorb its message]. The key word in understanding the episode at hand, is contained in the word, “that.” In Hebrew, the word “that” is derived from the word Asher meaning “praiseworthy”; thus it is praiseworthy – that! [what you did, i.e. smash the tablets!] (“that” becomes a point of emphasis) is Moses broke the tablets, found the secret of Psalms in the Torah [thus found his “David” moment, i.e. the basis of God’s Kingdom, for David’s Torah begins as a parallel to Torat Moses with “Ashrei” - praiseworthy], and laid down the foundation of Torat Moshiach in the breaking and contained within the word “that.” Here we find all of the ingredients for greatness: Moses’ passion, broken tablets, praises of God, perfect Hebrew to capture the moment, sparks of redemption revealed, etc. Yet to put it simply, one can step back and gaze at the bigger picture.
Just as Moses was told to look over Israel without actually going in, we now have the luxury of gazing upon the life and teaching of Moses, and under a fine microscope called V’Z’H’B, where we get a firsthand look at the actual life and death of the Man of God Moses. By processing this essential Torah that is brought in a very terse area of Torah [Moses super condensed], we can come up with a very simple revelation of the Torah’s telling command, such that it is all-encompassing. All of this came down on Shabbat. There must be Shalom [since the tablets were broken due to lack of Shalom]. Hence the message of Moses that lives and will live, is Shabbat Shalom [for all].
The word “Asher” [“that”] by the tools of Hints in Torah is the same letters as “Rosh” [head] and is one letter downwards from “Shabbat”; this is symbolic that the essence of Holiness is on Shabbat – the source of knowledge of God, from the teaching of [the soul of] Moses-Messiah [higher revelation than the Moses who actualized in a body; thus the smashing was when he attained knowledge from the soul of which all Torah comes from] and the “Rosh” hint alludes to the Erev Rav/Amalek who are considered the “Head” of all evil, an anti Moses. In Messianic terms this is the “Sar” [leader] of the Erev Rav names Armilos, which his title “Sar” is the same letters as “Sar” – meaning sing! Thus he is the “anti-song” and a leader of Gog Magog that tries to derail the glorious moment when we are promised that Moses shall sing again, this time in the Resurrection of the Dead that happens in the Holy Land, where Moses’ soul will come to life.
The Erev Rav as we know were Moses’ biggest challenge, and they represent the biggest threat to making kosher God-fearing Gerim. Among their ways are to steal holiness for themselves in all non-pure ascension within Torah Judaism or the detriment to Judaism/Torah. Moses’ actions allow us to compute that the antidote to this necessary evil is through the delight of Shabbat, which as we have come to learn, and will be reinforced in our Parsha, the Shabbat is destined to be the day of Honor for God having Created Creation, enveloped by Jews and Gerim.
Sinai takes place on Shabbat, and it was the day that God spoke the Fourth Commandment to keep Shabbat as one of the 10 Commandments. [Israel was already commended in Shabbat as Gerim pre-Sinai/Jewish in Marah; this just adds to context] Yet when we look carefully at the text in the Torah within the words of the command, as the Jews to take part is obvious, thus the unique revelation is the inclusion of the Ger in your gate – is also to keep Shabbat. And with this I say, let the games begin! – Who in fact is this Ger?
The answer in short, is the Ger Tzedek, and he is a non-convert [although obviously this is not to exclude the convert, for obviously he is to keep Shabbat as the Jew]; I believe this is where Moses broke the tablets. “That” – is where the Torah begins after one has digested the Second Tablets, That is where you will find what Moses calls the “Esh-Dat” [Fiery Law], That is where you will find this blend of Moses, That is where you will find the spirit of Messiah, That is where you will be able to find the Ger Tzedek [in Torah], That is where you will find the Song of Moses, That is where you will find Knowledge of God [אל], That is where you will find “That”, and That is where you will find Shalom.
This article can end in an infinite amount of ways at this point, and we have arrived to the Torah’s conclusion; Shabbat is for Jews and Gerim, and Shabbat that contains both will lend you its vessels of the Messianic Brit Shalom, as Pinchas’ spear is synonymous with Moses’ Might. They both learned from Jethro no less, the consummate Ger Tzedek, who is the Daat [knowledge] of redemption that makes this story happen, as Rebbe Nachman, the Ger comes from afar, completes the mind/knowledge, brings sublime honor to God, and makes Moshiach /Redemption possible. The irony is, is that Jethro, who functions as the basis for of the Torah’s Messianic moments [hence his delay to Sinai, allowed the Erev Rav to reveal their hand, which brought out the Messiah in Moses], needs to be redeemed more than anyone [Berachos 17b, “he who sustains all yet needs sustenance himself] – a true Ger Tzedek.
That which Moses did was great, he broke the Tablets, and shows the path to redemption. Underneath those Second Tablets are the shards of the first ones, that Moses was destined to break. The message is clear, if we don’t break through, how will the Ger [Tzedek] ever be allowed back in, to enjoy the delight of the Shabbat that he is destined to be a part of, and that he is an integral piece of the Day of God. Look for the Law of Fire, allow yourself to smash through barriers, find the proverbial “That” and welcome in all of Israel, even if it truly is allegorical, as Moses alluded to, for that is the truth you seek, not a fabrication narrow minds that lead to big bombs that go boom.
The Messiah in Moses sings a different tune, one that smells of delight in our End, one that we are starting to hear loud and clear. It can be said in an infinite amount of ways, so to make things simple, and from a place of Chesed [kindness] aroused in the Fear of God – Shabbat Shalom – “that” to me, is the Torah of the Man of God Moses, he who listened to Jethro the Ger Tzedek, and sought to make Gerim. May we see the End of this story soon in our days, and merit to talk about it together on Shabbat, and enter the Universal Shabbat that is due to come soon in our days, to be inhabited by Jews and Gerim. Shabbat Shalom, Amen Amen.
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