Va’etchanan: Moshe’s Unanswered Prayer

Posted by Meir Schweiger on August 17, 2016
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, VaEtchanan, Devarim (Deuteronomy)

In the beginning of Parshat Va’etchanan, Moshe earnestly prays to G-d to allow him to enter the Land of Israel. Unfortunately, this is the only time that G-d is not receptive to Moshe’s prayers. What does this say about the nature of prayer and G-d? In response to these questions, Rabbi Meir Schweiger examines a number of passages from the Talmud that grapple with these issues. They provide us with insights that are just as relevant to us today as they were in previous generations.

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About Meir Schweiger

Meir teaches Chumash, Parshat HaShavua, Mishna, Talmud, Halakha, Siddur and Interpersonal Relations at Pardes. Meir came on aliya in 1972 from “the Bronx”, NY, immediately after graduating from City College in New York with a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics. He did his advanced Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh and Yeshivat Har Etzion, receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg of Jerusalem. He received his M.Ed in Teaching Bible from the Herzog College in Gush Etzion.Click here to read more.

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