Shabbat Parashat Vaetchanan | 5769
Parashat Hashavuah: The Golan Heights – Like Jerusalem and ShechemHarav Moshe Ehrenreich
Moshe requested of Hashem again “at this time” (Devarim 3: 23-25) to allow him into Eretz Yisrael despite the decree to the contrary. Rashi says that he did so because he had conquered the lands of Sichon and Og and given them to the two and a half tribes. Why did Moshe think this would change things? We will explain with the help of two passages from the Ramban.
Moshe asked permission of those two kingdoms to pass through their lands and did not plan to conquer them despite the fact that they lived in lands that ultimately were to become part of Eretz Yisrael. Moshe wanted the first conquests of the Land to be west of the
Another idea of the Ramban is as follows. The rules of kashering utensils were given after the battle with Midyan, not the previous battles against the Emorites. The reason is that since the latter’s land was part of the greater Land of Israel, the spoils taken from them in a battle of conquest were not subject to the laws of kashrut. Only the battle against Midyan, which was one of vengeance, carried with it those restrictions.
Now we understand that Moshe thought that since he had conquered parts of the
So how was Moshe wrong? Before his death, Moshe ascended Har Nevo to see the Land he would not enter. The list of regions he saw includes the Gilad (ibid. 34: 1, 2). Since this was one of the places that Bnei Yisrael already conquered and occupied, why was this necessary? One can suggest that since BneiYisrael were designed to take control of the west side first, the lands of Sichon and Og did not as of yet receive the sanctity of Eretz Yisrael. What Moshe was seeing, spiritually, not physically, was the Gilad region of the future, which later would be imbued with that sanctity. We can thus understand what Moshe had thought and why he was overly optimistic.
What follows is that once Bnei Yisrael entered Eretz Yisrael with Yehoshua, regions such as the Golan Heights became part and parcel of the
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