Wednesday, July 29, 2015


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by Rabbi Yisrael Bronstein

''I implored Hashem'' [Va'etchanan 3:23]

The Midrash states that Moshe offered 515 prayers to Hashem in order to be allowed to enter the Land of Israel.  This is alluded to in the word ''Va'etchanan'' whose numerical value is 515.

Not only does the word ''Va'etchanan'' equal 515, noted the Chasam Sofer [R' Moshe Sofer], but so does the word ''tefillah'' [prayer].

Furthermore, if we add 26 - the numerical value of the ineffable Name of Hashem [yud, hei, vav, hei] to the number 515, we will get 541 - the numerical value of the word Yisrael.

Also see: What Happens to Unanswered Prayers

1 comment:

Unknown said...

So if Moshe prayed 26 more times, he would have entered Eretz Yisrael?

I remember this story in the context of unanswered prayers - there are none, but "[HaShem's] thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” (Isaiah 55-8). HaShem's answer is not always our answer, the one we specifically prayed for; His Answer is superior of course, but beyond our ken. Moshe's apparently unanswered prayers have sustained the Jewish people for the past 3300 years, the real Answer to Moshe's prayers.