In Paraha Vaetchanan Moshe recounts G-ds greatness continuing to chronicle those events that are the signature of the Jewish people. The Ten Commandments and all the mitzvahs pointed to as being exactly what G-d wants his people to follow.
Moshe tells them that he cannot cross over the Jordan and is shown a vision of what will. Yisrael is warned to follow the Torah once they enter into the Promised Land.
Devarim 4:4. But you who cleave to the Lord your God are alive, all of you, this day.
He places the entire experience they have gone through into the current perspective. It is not what Hashem has done for his people but what he continues to do and will keep on doing as long as Yisrael follows the instructions Moshe is giving them.
Devarim 5:3. Not with our forefathers did the Lord make this covenant, but with us, we, all of whom are here alive today. 4. Face to face, the Lord spoke with you at the mountain out of the midst of the fire:
It is this relationship with G-d that Moshe is bringing out to the people so that they will not forget and should they forget he tells them that there is always a way to return through Torah.
It becomes also a matter of personal responsibility for each one to fulfill these mitzvah so that they too will remember individually to always be mindful of Hashem.
Devarim 4: 6. And you shall keep [them] and do [them], for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the eyes of the peoples, who will hear all these statutes and say, “Only this great nation is a wise and understanding people. “
Moshe makes the point that there is no wisdom or understanding that does not come from Hashem. This wisdom and understanding not only defines our relationship with G-d but also as well with all of those around us. There is a principle that Moshe keeps teaching even when he is approaching his impending death.
The principle is this: Follow what G-d tells you to do and beware of the consequences. Do what is right, perform the mitzvoth and experience all that is symbolized by the Promised Land. Choose to ignore what was given to you and experience all that is symbolized by the various hardships and punishments that occurred to Yisrael when they were stubborn or turned to idol worship.
If we look at this principle in terms of Consciousness we see that we are given experiences in order to make the connections above so that we will see where our thoughts, speech and actions have led us. We cannot help but be connected to those thoughts, speech and actions and therefore eventually we begin to see the thread of causality running through all.
This causality is exactly what Moshe keeps reminding the Jewish people about. When we fill our lives with mitzvoth our lives become one continuous mitzvah. It becomes a way of life. Is it rewarding? How could it not be.
The Alter Rebbe of blessed memory used to say, ‘the reward of a mitzvah is a mitzvah.’ Imagine a way of life where everything is perfectly in line harmonious to thought, speech and action and all good.
Such a life perhaps is only for a Tzaddik, however, if all of us aspire to such lofty heights the Mashiach surely must arrive on the instant. May it be in this moment so, B”H.
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