Moses prepares the children of Israel in September.
It will be full of challenges, « people stronger and more numerous than you. »
How ready the children of Israel will be to face these new challenges?
Those facing trials are likely to remain stubbornly insensitive to the speech.
This is the «know-it-all complex ».
Instead, before embarking onto new conquests, we need to be reassured of
unconditional love, security and trust.
In these last chapters of the Torah, Moses revisits past experiences, evidence of Gd’s love. This is an indestructible platform on which the people can always rely.
In all relationships in which we are engaged (with our children, our spouses, our parents, our relations), it is good for us to be grounded in our shared memories of experiences that will serve as a basis in case of difficulty. It is good to revisit those positive memories regularly.
Our parasha, like many other texts of Deuteronomy, is trying to serve the future by tracing the past.
This past reminds us of the strength of an indestructible relationship between the people of Israel and its God, but it also reminds us of the trials overcome. These successes are able to convince us of our own ability to cope with those surprises and challenges that lie ahead. Although « Man does not live on bread alone, but on everything that the Eternal decrees »(Deuteronomy 8:3).
We are nourished with food, but also with experiences, both intellectual and emotional experiences.
Summer holidays are an opportunity to nourish and replenish our stocks of love and trust.