August 21, 2018 ~ Shabbat KI TESSE. Maqam SABA.

Shabbat Nissabim

Making a Comeback

אם יהיה נדחך בקצה השמים משם יקבצך - After the consequences of not observing the commandments are reviewed, Moses predicts that there may still be "a man or a woman, a family or a tribe" that will not conform by practicing foreign ideologies. These people will justify their actions by saying "I will follow whatever my heart desires and all will be okay by me" (שלום יהיה לי כי בשררות לבי אלך). Although these people will be sanctioned as a result of their actions, ultimately, they will not be forgotten by God. After serving time in exile, God promises that He will orchestrate a miraculous return for them. "Even if you are at the edges of heaven, it is from there where He will gather you" (אם יהיה נדחך בקצה השמים משם יקבצך). From Deuteronomy 30:4-5, we find tremendous hope for all the downtrodden, those who have made mistakes in the past, to not only make a comeback, but also be stronger than before (והיטבך והרבך מאבתיך). Beth Torah Bulletin, September 16, 2017.