Resources for Parshat Devarim
The Torah reading for Shabbat Chazon is always the portion of Devarim. In this portion, Moses details the victorious battles with Sichon the king of Emori and Og the king of Bashan. As a result of these battles, Mount Hermon at the north of Israel is conquered. The image of Mount Hermon, the highest mountain in Israel, is an integral part of the Torah reading of Shabbat Chazon. What is its deep connection to the Temple?
In the final book of the Pentateuch, Sefer Devarim (the book of Deuteronomy), Moses recounted the events that happened to the Jewish people following their Exodus from Egypt. Rashi explains that the places Moses mentioned allude to all the times when the Jewish people angered God, meaning that Moses’ recollection of their voyage through the wilderness was in fact a veiled rebuke.
When Moses appointed the men, the verse states that they were, “Men who are wise and known,” but the word “perceptive” (נבונים) does not appear. The sages learn from this missing adjective that Moses could not find any truly perceptive individuals. Although they were wise, i.e. well-versed in Torah law and thus worthy of being judges, they lacked the ability to penetrate the psyche of those who approached them and to modify their response to properly reflect its deeper needs.
Seven traits of perception for a good counselor