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August 28, 2019
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
Why is the verse talking about the seemingly unrelated Yarden crossing?
כִּ֤י אַתֶּם֙ עֹבְרִ֣ים אֶת־הַיַּרְדֵּ֔ן לָבֹא֙ לָרֶ֣שֶׁת אֶת־הָאָ֔רֶץ אֲשֶׁר־ה' אֱלֹ-הֵיכֶ֖ם נֹתֵ֣ן לָכֶ֑ם וִֽירִשְׁתֶּ֥ם אֹתָ֖הּ וִֽישַׁבְתֶּם־בָּֽהּ׃
For you are about to cross the Jordan to enter and possess the land that the LORD your God is assigning to you. When you have occupied it and are settled in it.
“For you are about to cross the Yarden…”
This detail, seemingly out of context, refers to the future crossing of the Yarden, which will be in a miraculous manner. It confirmed Hashem’s promise that they would inherit the Land.
(Rashi; Sifri 57)
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