Squeezing Lessons from a Stone

In parshat Chukas, Hashem tells Moshe to provide water for Israel by taking a stick to a rock and speaking to the rock. Previously he was told to hit a rock. Moshe hits the rock instead of speaking to it. Hashem responds: You did not believe me to make me holy (by hitting the rock rather than speaking to it)

Rashi comments on “make holy”, with a deep idea. Had Moshe done it right, people would see a that even a rock, which does not rely GD for food, water or any source of blessing for existence still obeys GD’s will. Rashi is saying that, even a rock with no needs or concerns still feels compelled to follow the will of GD.

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