Moab dreaded the Israelites, and Moab said to the elders of Midian…Why did Moab turn for help to Midian? A midrash suggests that they were hoping to understand the man leading Israel. Because Moses had spent time in Midian and married a Midianite, they turned to Midian for insight. This perspective reduced Israel’s success to natural factors, such as the quality of Moses. The third last verse of the Torah teaches that no prophet again arose in Israel like Moses and yet from here the Rabbis infer that outside Israel, Moses had his match. Moab missed the point, it was Israel’s covenant with God – and not just the quality of Moses’ leadership – that was leading Israel to success.