Chazak ve-ematz [Deut. 31:7] are the words which Moses uses to pass his authority to Joshua. It is interesting to note that the gematria of the phrase is 115, and that of Moses 345, which is three times the former number and corresponds to the threefold use of the phrase. This observation seems to enforce the idea of the transfer of power.
It is used by Hashem [ibid:31:23] and occurs a number of times at the beginning of the book of Joshua.
The difference between the two verses in our Parsha are as follows:
|Verse 7||Verse 23|
|"In the eyes of the children of Israel"||"The children of Israel"|
|"You will go"||"You will bring"|
|"Which Hashem has sworn to their fathers"||"Which I have sworn to them"|
The Kli YaKar (16th Century Poland) alerts us to the above and in essence explains it by saying that once brought to Israel by the merits of their forefathers, the continued residence of the children of Israel is dependent on them alone. Before entering the land of Israel Joshua’s rank needed to be overt but once in situ his status would be ingrained in their subconscious.
The status of “The Days of Awe” as they approach has to be elevated to emphasize their importance. Once they have passed, hopefully our engagement with them will be ingrained in our subconscious.
Shabbat Shalom. Shana Tovah.