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“But Hashem became angry with me because of you, and He did not listen to me; Hashem said to me, “It is too much for you! Do not continue to speak to Me further about this matter” (Deuteronomy 3:26).”
Rashi explains, “So that is should not be said, ‘How harsh is the teacher and how humble and pleading is the disciple.'” This is hard to understand because the rabbis tell us that even if a sharp sword is hanging over a person’s head he should not despair of prayer? What is the deeper meaning of this?
Rav Moshe Sternbuch shlit’a in Ta’am V’da’as explains that when Moshe saw Rabbi Akiva’s flesh weighed in the market place he said, “Is this the Torah and is its reward?” G-d replied, “Be silent. This is what arose before Me in My thoughts. The Shelah expalins that originally it arose in G-d’s thoughts to create the world with the attribute of strict judgment alone, but when He saw that it could not survive He added the attribute of mercy. The Shelah further explains that G-d still deals with the supremely righteous with the attibute of strict justice.
G-d therefore told Moshe, “This is what arose before Me in My thoughts,” and Moshe was treated with strict justice and not allowed to contiue praying. Lesser mortals though may plea endlessly to G-d and hope for His mercy. This is a tremendous lesson which we can all learn from. Our lives are exteremely busy, filled with all kinds of trials and tribulations, none of which are easy. As much as we try and navigate, there are always new things that stand in our path.
G-d gives us the ability to draw close to Him and regardless of what is going on in our every day life, we have the ability to continually pray for whatever salvation we need. We may not get answered immediately and may have to endure things we think we are not capable of handling but at the same time, prayer is never wasted and can help us knowing that we have someone to turn to who can truly help us.
This is extremely comforting even in the most difficult of circumstances. May we merit to always have this close connection to our Creator and serve Him in the best way possible.
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