In this week’s Parsha, Moshe tells the Jews how they will go into Israel.
In Chapter 11, verse 11, Eretz Yisroel is described as a “…a land of hills and valleys…”
I just learned something amazing –that could possibly be the message in telling us of the land of hills and valleys.
Holiness — to attain it, you have to be tolerant of the times you fall. “Sheva Yeepol Tzaddik…” a righteous person falls as much as the wicked person falls – however, the Tzaddik gets up after he falls. That I knew. But what I didn’t know is that there is a view that the “yereeda” the falling down is part of the “aleeyah” is part of the spiritual growth. How is this?
Think of a road trip in the Alps. You go up one hill, get to the top of the hill and oops, there is a road leading down to the valley. Your attitude is not “oops I fell down the hill…” nope, the road leads you through the valley because that is the way to get on the road that leads you to the next hill. And so the road goes, up and down hills and into valleys, until you finally chug your way up the mountain. If you’re a silly driver, scared of driving down into the valleys, you won’t be able to continue the road to the mountain. You have to know it is okay to drive down into a valley so long as it is the road to the next hill and next mountain.
This verse is telling us that Eretz Yisroel is like that – a land of hills and valleys. A place where you will have spiritual highs and, yes, there will be lows…but so long as you are on the right road, heading in the right direction, it is all part of spiritual growth to the highest mountain top.