כצאן אשר אין להם רעה: Moshe's Demand That Hashem Appoint a Successor

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Jul 11, 2022
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Masei Matot Pinchas 

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The most popular verse in the entire canon - וידבר ה' אל משה לאמר - is inverted one time, in the middle of פרשת פנחס. After the census and the assignation of the Land division, Hashem tells Moshe to prepare to "be gathered to his people" but Moshe resists and "commands" Hashem to appoint a successor so that the nation should not be like "a flock without a shepherd". This leaves us wondering what God's original plan was - why wouldn't a ready successor be in place for Moshe to publicly hand over the mantle of leadership, just as Aharon did with Elazar, his son? By looking at this interaction in the larger context of these final chapters of Bamidbar, we discover a surprising "alternate" future that was, perhaps, reshaped by Moshe's demand.

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