Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a mind to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.
This line may seem weird given that that, during the forty years the Israelis spent in the desert, they witnessed a number of wonders and miracles. How could they possibly not understand, let alone see and hear?
However it appears that what this means is that they were not fully able to comprehend what had happened to them as a spiritual nation.
Some commentators – among them Rabbi Meir Simcha HaCohen – understand this verse as meaning “even until today”. Indeed it is easy to see how this must apply to us who believe ourselves to be modern and rational individuals.
As we prepare for the Tishri Holidays, we should try and remember that we are about to be called to focus on important issues. What does it mean to live, or die? How will a new Torah cycle impact on our daily lives? A state of mind which requires us to be able to see, hear and understand what God expects from us.