Aug 18, 2018
Shoftim – Judges
Shoftim - Judges
Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9
  • Aug 18, 2018Shoftim – Judges
    Aug 18, 2018
    Shoftim – Judges
    Shoftim - Judges
    Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9
  • Aug 11, 2018Re’eh – See
    Aug 11, 2018
    Re’eh – See
    Re'eh - See
    Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
  • Aug 4, 2018Ekev – Consequence
    Aug 4, 2018
    Ekev – Consequence
    Ekev - Consequence
    Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25

    The forty-sixth reading from the Torah and the third reading from the book of Deuteronomy is named Ekev (עקב), a word from the first verse of the portion. Deuteronomy 7:12 says, "Then it shall come about, because (ekev, עקב) you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you His covenant and His lovingkindness which He swore to your forefathers." Usually the word ekev means "heel." In fact, this word shares the same three-letter root as the name Jacob (Yaakov, יעקב), whose name actually means "heel." He was born holding on to Esau's heel. However, in Deuteronomy 7:12, the word ekev means "on the heels of" or "because of." This portion of Deuteronomy speaks of the rewards that will come to Israel on the heels of keeping God's covenant and commandments.

  • Jul 28, 2018Va’etchanan – I Pleaded
    Jul 28, 2018
    Va’etchanan – I Pleaded
    Va'etchanan - I Pleaded
    Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

    The forty-fifth reading from the Torah and the second reading from the book of Deuteronomy is named Va'etchanan (ואתחנן), which means "and I besought." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, "I also pleaded (va'etchanan) with the LORD at that time" (Deuteronomy 3:23). The portion completes the historical prologue of the Deuteronomy covenant document and begins a rehearsal of the stipulations. Part of that rehearsal is a repetition of the Ten Commandments and the famous first passage of the Shema: Deuteronomy 6:4-9.

  • Jul 21, 2018Devarim – Words
    Jul 21, 2018
    Devarim – Words
    Devarim - Words
    Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22

    Devarim (דברים) is both the title for the last book from the scroll of the Torah and the title of the first Torah portion therein. Devarim means "words." The English-speaking world calls this book Deuteronomy. The Hebrew title for the book comes from the opening phrase of the book: "These are the words (devarim) which Moses spoke to all Israel across the Jordan in the wilderness" (Deuteronomy 1:1).

    One ancient name for the book of Deuteronomy is Mishnah HaTorah (משנה תורה), which means "repetition of the Torah." This is similar to the Greek Septuagint name Deuteronomos, which means "second law." The English name Deuteronomy is derived from Deuteronomos.

    The book of Deuteronomy is dominated by Moses' farewell address to the children of Israel as he urges them to remain faithful to the covenant and prepares them for entering Canaan. During the course of the book, Moses reviews the story of the giving of the Torah at Sinai and the trip to the Promised Land, reiterates several laws of Torah and introduces new laws. The book seems to follow the general pattern of an ancient Near Eastern covenant treaty document.

    As we study the first week's reading from the book of Deuteronomy, the children of Israel are assembled on the plains of Moab across the Jordan from Jericho.