by Rabbi Yisrael Kaniel – June 7, 2011
The Torah portion of Beha’alotkha concludes with a narrative surrounding Moses and his brother and sister Aaron and Miriam in which G-d testifies to Moses’ unique status. In this narrative (Bamidbar 12: 6-8), we are told that Miriam and Aaron complained that Moses kept himself separate from his wife Tziporah. In response, G-d tells them: “Please hear My words. If there shall be prophets among you, in a vision shall I make Myself, G-d, known to him, in a dream shall I speak with him. Not so is My servant Moses, in all My House he is trusted. Mouth to mouth do I speak to him, in a vision and not in riddles, and at the image of G-d does he gaze.”
In his Derekh Hashem, R. Moshe Chaim Luzzato writes that other prophets only grasped small details that G-d wished to reveal to them, whereas Moses merited that the entire order of creation was revealed to him. All was open to him. He had access to secrets of the universe that were not accessible to anyone else, as is alluded to in the verse (Bamidbar 12:7) “In all My House he is trusted.”
To further amplify this concept, R. Shimshon Pincus, in commenting on this matter, offers an analogy. An owner of a business may have a trusted employee who is trusted with all the books and all that is involved in the operation of the business. Nevertheless, there are certain personal business secrets that may remain off limits to him. Despite his being trusted with almost everything, there may remain some slight distinction between the owner of the business and his employee. The employee is, after all, a separate individual with his own ego and his own interests. The owner and the employee are not the same.
By referring to Moses in terms of “In all My House he is trusted,” we understand that G-d has no reservations at all about Moses’ trustworthiness. G-d has absolutely no qualms about providing Moses with all the information about His business, as it were. Moses was deemed worthy of such immense trust because “The man Moses was the most humble person who ever walked the face of the earth” (Bamidbar 12:3). Relative to G-d, Moses totally nullified himself. He had no ego when it came to the Master of the world. His interests were 100% the interests of the Al-Mighty; consequently, G-d had no reason to withhold any secrets from him. As a result, as R. Moshe Chaim Luzzato writes, every secret of creation was open to him.
May we even remotely approach the level of Moses in reducing our egos to the minimum in order to reap the benefits of enjoying G-d’s secrets, and may we, thereby, enjoy the maximum happiness and satisfaction for the rest of our lives – in this world and in the world to come.