The Master of the World – Weekly Words of Torah, Devarim 5773

Insights into Parshat Devarim of Rav Moshe Ganz, ram emeritus of Yeshivat Sha’alvim, from the Pnai Shabbat volume, by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.

In addition to words of reproach (tochechah) contained in the speech of Moshe Rabeinu in Parshat Devarim, the Torah details geo-political happenings of the nations that bordered on The Land of Israel. What message does the Torah mean to convey to us by relaying this historical facts?

Moshe conveys to the Jewish People concerning Hashem’s rule of the entire world. He directs the direction of the Jewish People- and of all nations. Hashem designates specific lands to specific nations, and enables them to conquer these lands. Edom and Moav succeeded in conquering giants, because Hashem intended for them to reside in those territories.

The fundamental concept that is being conveyed is that Hashem, the G-d of the Jewish People, is involved in the destiny of all nations. “The G-d of all world He is called”! (Sefer Yeshayahu 54:5).