Let My Nation Ascend continues where Let My Nation Wander left off, bringing to life the Jewish people’s ascent toward their ultimate destination of the Promised Land.
With the tragedies of the spies and Korach long behind them, the Jewish people’s final year in the wilderness is filled with new challenges as well as tests of their faith in Hashem. They are faced with trials and tribulations from nature, with the disappearance of Miriam’s Well and their subsequent thirst; from animals, in the form of serpents; and from man, beginning with the warring giants, Sichon, king of the Emorites, and Og, king of Bashan. They must overcome their old nemesis, Bilam, and fight against Midian. And they will have to part from Moshe and accept Yehoshua as their new leader.
Once again, Rabbi Yosef Deutsch brings events portrayed in the Chumash to life with his inimitable style and vivid prose, using Talmudic and Midrashic sources to deftly add context and detail. Questions and apparent contradictions are resolved in light of the teachings of Chazal, the Rishonim and the Acharonim. Let My Nation Ascend completes the story of the Jewish people’s journey to Eretz Yisrael, affording us a behind-the-scenes understanding of events. As with every volume in the series, this knowledge enriches our emunah, and instills pride in our holy ancestors’ heroism, as well as empathy with their challenges.