Divrei Torah
Divrei Torah from Shaya Gross z'l

[Editor’s note: As a memory of my beloved brother Shaya, I would like to continue sending
out his pearls of wisdom that he has shared with all of you in the past. For some of you
this may ring a bell and for others it may appear to be totally new. May the learning of
Shaya’s Divrei Torah inspire us to change our ways and thereby give an Aliya to the
neshama of our dear beloved Shaya whom we miss so much.] The views and opinions
expressed in this article are those solely of its author(s).

In this week's Parsha, Moshe blesses the Jewish People that they will increase a
thousand fold.

The Sifri, quoted by Rashi, brings the following dialogue between Moshe and Klal Yisroel:
Klal Yisroel ask Moshe, "Why are you limiting the number of our offspring? Hashem gave
us a bracha that we will be as numerous as the dust of the earth!" Moshe responds, "this
[bracha] is from me, and Hashem will bless you like He already promised." (To understand
why Moshe gave them a seemingly pointless bracha, as Hashem had already blessed
them that they would be innumerable, take a look in Rabbi Frand's first sefer on Chumash
for a beautiful answer from the Chasam Sofer.)

Why did Moshe bless them to increase specifically a THOUSAND fold? The Hafla provides
us with a clever calculation to answer this question. There were two times in the Midbar
when Hashem became 'frustrated' with Klal Yisroel to such an extent that He told Moshe
that He will destroy Klal Yisroel and remake a great nation from just him (Moshe). Hashem
didn't tell Moshe how great He would make him.

Chazal tell us that the good Hashem does for us is always 500 times greater than
Hashem's punishment. Hence, each time Hashem told Moshe, ‘I will make from you a
great nation,' it was to be at least 500 times as numerous as Klal Yisroel. Twice 500 times
is a thousand. Even though Hashem didn't carry out his plan of destroying Klal Yisroel, we
have a rule that anything Hashem says for the good, even with a condition that is not
fulfilled, He never retracts.

So Moshe had a bracha 'in the bank' that his descendants would be multiplied a thousand
times as much as Klal Yisroel. This Bracha he now [in our Parsha] gave to Klal Yisroel
that THEY should multiply a thousand fold! With this we can fully appreciate the words
Moshe said, 'This is from me.' Not just that Moshe was giving them a personal Bracha.
Moshe was telling them 'this was my very own Bracha that I got from Hashem and now I
am giving it to you Klal Yisroel!"

How fortunate were we to have such a selfless leader!

Editor: Baruch Leib Gross
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