Category Archives: Deuteronomy/Devarim

A Brief Note on an All to Familiar Dialogue – Parsha Behaalotecha

The Torah, beginning from the Book of Exodus, is the story of the budding relationships that developed between God and His People, the Children of Israel. It is a tense dynamic, fractured and fractious. The Israelites are only months removed … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on a Gift to the Jews – Parsha Ha’azinu

Parsha Ha’azinu records the song that God had commanded Moses to teach to the Israelites; a song which would be for God “a witness against the Children of Israel”. This is the second of two songs of the Torah. The first was … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on a Legacy, Deferred – Parsha Nitzavim and Parsha Vayelech

Parsha Nitzavim and Parsha Vayelech, which are read in tandem this week, complete the series of discourses delivered by Moses to the Children of Israel, as they camped on the threshold of the Promised Lands. 

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A Brief Note on the Curse of Infamy – Parsha Ki Tavo

There is an almost desperate tone to the message Moses seeks to impart to the Children of Israel, which is recorded in Parsha Ki Tavo. Simply, obey the law and be blessed; fail to heed the word of God, disobey the … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on First Principles – Parsha Re’eh

Parsha Re’eh records a series of discrete lessons. There is no overt relationship amongst the fifty-five laws promulgated in the text. Some are esoteric in nature while others, such as the laws of Kashrut and Shemmitah, remain active. The laws of … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on Self Inflicted Injuries – Parsha Eikev

Parsha Eikev continues with the record of Moses’ teachings to the Children of Israel. In a broad and far ranging address, Moses reviews the history of the Israelites from the time of the Exodus and posits direct and dire warnings, as … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on the Laws of War – Parsha Devarim

Parsha Devarim begins with the short phrase, “… these are the words Moses spoke to all of Israel”. It introduced what can be considered Moses’ political and spiritual testament to the Children of Israel. Sefer Devarim is called Deuteronomy, derived from Greek and meaning … Continue reading

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