"Then Moses set aside three cities across the Jordan, where the sun rises" (Deut. 4:41).
These three cities on the east side of the Jordan were designated as cities of refuge where someone who killed accidentally could flee and be safe from revenge (v.42).
What is striking is that these cities would not yet function as cities of refuge until three other cities to the west of the Jordan would also be dedicated. Moses knew that he would not be involved - it would only happen later when the Children of Israel would conquer Canaan led by Joshua.
We can learn from this while we can't always complete a mission in life - it is better to do something - at least partially fulfill the mission - than to do nothing. Life is rarely an all or nothing proposition.
By Rabbi Michael Skobac
Rabbi Michael Skobac had been involved with Jews for Judaism (Canada) since 1989 and currently serves as its Director of Education and Counselling. He is a leading authority on missionaries, cults and issues relating to Jewish continuity and Jewish spirituality. Rabbi Skobac's publications include Missionary Impossible; Counter-Missionary Survival Guide; The DaVinci Code: A Jewish Perspetive; and Intermarriage: Is There Ligth at teh End of the Tunnel?
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