June 24, 2018 ~ Shabbat BALAQ. Maqam MAHOUR.

Shabbat Eqeb

Slow but Steady

לא תוכל כלתם מהר פן תרבה עליך חית השדה - As a reward for obeying the commandments (והיה עקב תשמעון), God promises the Israelites that they will be successful in their mission of conquering the land. The advances, however, will occur "little by little" (מעט מעט), because achieving the goal too swiftly, as per Deuteronomy 7:22, will allow wild animals to come and fill the void left by the absence of inhabitants (פן תרבה עליך חית השדה). By not disillusioning the people by promising them an easy road ahead, Moses teaches a valuable lesson: Success is often a gradual process. If one has a worthwhile goal, they should know that hard work will be required, and should not feel discouraged if the goal is not completed quickly (לא תוכל כלתם מהר). In the words of the Ancient Greek storyteller, Aesop (620- 564 BCE), it is the "slow but steady that wins the race." Beth Torah Bulletin, August 12, 2017.