Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11

Isaiah 40:1 - 40:26

In this Torah portion, Moses stresses to the Israelites the importance of keeping God’s commandments when they enter the Land of Israel. Moses repeats the Ten Commandments and utters the Sh’ma and V’ahavta.

FULL SUMMARY

Whom Should You Honor?

Although relationships between parents and children are complex, our honor for our parents should remain unwavering.

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Understanding Our Own Mortality

How the Ten Commandments finds meaning in the face of death.

Treatment of the Stranger

Our existential relationship to our ancestors and how we learn empathy.

The Dutiful Student

Moses as a model of one who seeks greater understanding

Inverse Tablets

Although beliefs matter most regarding God, our actions matter most regarding our fellow people.

Loving God By Acting With Compassion

Our affirmation of the unity of God and our love for God serve as fundamental grounding principles for social action.

Integrating Knowledge

Knowledge of God does not always translate into actions.

Should We Fear God or Love God — or Both?

Moses' message to relate to God through love, not only through fear, is especially relevant in the modern age.

Hear and Act

Primo Levi's poem gives us new insights into the Shema.

Guard Yourselves Very Well

The Torah requires us to eat and live healthfully and responsibly.

The Smallest of Peoples

On the brink of entering the Promised Land, Moses reminds the people that being fewer in numbers is no reason to shirk responsibilities.

Jewish Continuity — According to Moses

Moses' final speeches highlight the importance of giving our children transformative Jewish experiences.

The Chosen People

How does the concept of the uniqueness and choseness of the Jewish people inform our relationship with God and with non-Jews?

Renewing Love for God

Loving God, like loving people, requires the commitment of our intellect, emotions, and actions.

Beyond The Letter Of The Law

Doing what is "right and good" in the eyes of God means promoting the values of the Torah beyond the explicit laws.

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Parashat Vaetchanan: Summary

Moses stresses to the Israelites the importance of keeping God's commandments when they enter the land of Israel; Moses repeats the 10 Commandments and utters the Shema and V'ahavta.