09 Aug Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat Eikev 5777
This Shabbat we read from Parashat Eikev which continues Moshe’s final speech to the People of Israel as they await their long anticipated entrance into the Promised Land. As we continue to hear from Moshe, one element that is quite noticeable in his oratory is his clear willingness to remind the Israelites of all the different times they sinned before God. Moshe seems not to hold back in his continued reminders of the mistakes the people made along the way. Just as a parent doing their best to warn a child about potential pitfalls in the future, Moshe is doing his best to warn the Children of Israel about all that lays in store for them. One of the many methods he chooses for accomplishing that goal, is to remind them of their past errors. The effectiveness of this tactic is impossible to gauge but it shows us the responsibility he feels for the people he has led for more than forty years and reminds us that we too would do almost anything to keep our own children from future heartbreak and disappointment – even remind them about all the times they did something wrong in the past.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik