Parshat Vaetchanan begins with Moses pleading, e’b’rah na v’ereh et ha’aretz ha’tovah, “let me, I pray, cross over and see the good land…”
Talmud and later rabbis note – why is Moses begging, or if not begging, than really desirous of going into the land of Israel?
The answer is that Moses wanted to do more mitzvot, and although they weren't in front of him (he had to go into Israel to perform them), he still felt the need to perform them, and did what he could to be able to complete them.
In contrast, when was the last time we begged anyone to be able to do a mitzvah?
In fact, do we even perform all the mitzvot that we can – that are right in front of us to do?
How many times have we even deliberately walked away from a chance to do something godly, to help someone, to foster our Jewish spirit?
What could you do to be just a little more like Moses? To appreciate and take advantage of and especially learn, about the many, many opportunities that are all around us to transform the prosaic, mundane world around us into the poetic, divine work of art the mitzvot let us make of the world.
So I’m begging you – give this a thought, maybe even let me know what you come up with!