How is it possible that 515 Tfilos of Moshe Rabeinu
to enter Ertz Yisruel were unanswered?
In this week’s mamar we are discussing the first posuk in the parsha: Voeschanan el Hashem bueis hahu leimor – And I implored Hashem at that time saying… Moshe rebeinu continues to tell how he prayed to Hashem: Let me now cross and see the good land that is on the other side of the Jordan, which is Eretz Yisruel. But Hashem refused to accept his plea and said to him: “Rav loch, al tosef daber eilei od baduver haze” – It is too much for you! Do not continue to speak to me further about this matter.
The Medrash says that Moshe rebinu davened 515 prayers [like the numerical value of the letters in the word: Voeschanan] that he should be allowed to enter Eretz Yisruel. The obvious question is: Why didn’t Hashem listen to so many of the holiest prayers of the greatest prophet on earth Moshe rabeinu? Even if we assume rightfully that there were very deep reasons why he couldn’t go to Eretz Yisruel, the question still remains: Why did Hashem let him finish all the 515 prayers and didn’t stop him right in the beginning: “Rav loch, al tosef daber eilei od baduver haze” – You cannot go into Eretz yisruel?
This question becomes more essential, when learning in Medrash that from this posuk Voeschanan we learn, how important it is to pray to Hashem in troubled times. So the great Chasam Sofer wonders: How can we learn from here to Daven in a time of trouble, when Hashem did not except the 515 Tfilos of Moshe rabeinu to enter Eretz Yisruel?
We solve this problem with a wonderful revelation of the 2nd Belzer rabbi the great Reb Yehoshua zt”l, who said in the name of a Medrash, how the Beis Hamikdosh shel maalo – The Beis Hamikdosh in heaven was built –
Hashem came with one Machne = group of angels and built the first wall. After that came Avruhom ovinu with his Machne and built the second wall. Then came Yitzchok ovinu with his Machne and built the third wall. Then came Yakov ovinu with his Machne and built the fourth wall. After the four walls were finished the roof was still missing. Untill Moshe rabeinu came and Davened 515 Tfilos to finish the roof that connects all four walls. [This is accompanied with a beautiful Gimatria of 515 Tfilos that have the numerals of the five machnes that took part in building the Beis Hamikdosh shel maalo].
Reb Yhoshua zt”l goes on to explain, that after Moshe rebeinu finished building the Beis Hamikdosh shel maalo with the 515 Tfilos, he wanted to add one more prayer, that he should be able to go into Eretz Yisruel so he can build the Beis Hamikdosh shel mato in Yerushalayim, but it was then that Hashem told him: “Rav loch, al tosef daber eilei od baduver haze” – It is too much! Do not continue to speak to me further about this matter.
From this we learn a new thought, that actually all the 515 Tfilos that Moshe rabeinu Davened were answered properly, because the goal of all those Tfilos was to finish the Beis Hamikdosh shel maalo, which he indeed succeeded in finishing. Moreover, theprayer to go into Eretz Yisruel would have been answered by Hashem, but Hashem stopped him from saying this prayer because he knew how important it is that Moshe rabeinu stay in the Midbor – the dessert, so that in the future after the Geule Huasido he can bring along with him, those who died in the dessert. Therefore, rightfully, the Medrash learns from here the great power of Tfilo that is never in vain.
This is the connection between parshas Voeschanan and Shabbes “Nachmu”, which always comes right after Tisho beov. Because the greatest condolence for the destruction of the Beis Beis Hamikdosh is, knowing that only the Beis Hamikdosh shel mato on this world was destroyed, but the Beis Hamikdosh shel maalo that was built by Hashem, the three Ovos hakdoshim and Moshe rabeinu is still standing, and this is the Beis Hamikdosh that will come down from heaven as the third Beis Hamikdosh after the Geule Huasido.
This is the most important lesson we must learn from this: No prayer to Hashem goes unanswered. It always has a strong effect, sometimes visible and sometimes not visible, as will be revealed in the future. We must never forget the 515 Tfilos of Moshe rabeinu, that had no visible effect in this world, but yet had the power to finish build the roof of the Beis Hamikdosh shel maalo. So we learn from this that our prayer is always building something forus in the high heavens. Not even one word is a waist. They are all waiting to help us sweetenthe midas hadin when we’ll need them most!
Let us hope that this coming Tishoh beov should be turned into the greatest Yum tov as promised by the great prophet (Zcharye 8 19) bimheiro beyomeinu omein.