Rabbi Milevsky's Thought of the Week: Vaeschanan - 5777
FROM NACHAMU TO NECHAMA
Every year after Tisha B'Av we read on Shabbat Nachamu - the Shabbat of comfort - Pareshat Vaetchanan. The Paresha begins with a description of the intense prayer of Moshe, where he beseeched the Almighty for the right to cross the Jordan River, a merit to see Eretz Yisrael.
In Judaism we believe in the power of prayer. We also believe that prayers that appear to be unanswered remain in the spiritual realm, and can be tapped into at a later point.
Although Moshe did not make his way into the Promised Land, future generations, especially our generation that has seen the rebuilding of Eretz Yisrael, must follow the footsteps of Moshe and turn to prayer. We should pray for the welfare of Eretz Yisrael, and, like Moshe, ask Hashem to see the good land in a great state. Hopefully, our prayers will be boosted by the prayers of Moshe, and we will merit a complete redemption.