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Thoughts on the Weekly Parshah from Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Moses knew he was not fated to live long enough to cross the Jordan and enter the land. Who would be his successor? Did he have no thoughts on the matter?
How are we to explain Moses’ apparent failure with his own children and grandchildren?
In 1165, an agonizing question confronted Moroccan Jewry. A fanatical Muslim sect, the Almohads, had seized power and were embarked on a policy of forced conversion to Islam. The Jewish community was faced with a choice: to affirm Islamic faith or die.
On Parents and Teachers
Was Moses, the great leader, inwardly disappointed that his children did not inherit his role?