Deuteronomy 31:1 - 31:30

Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27 | Shabbat Shuva

In this Torah portion, Moses concludes his speech to the Israelites, blesses Joshua, and instructs the community to gather every seven years to read publicly from the Torah. God predicts the eventual straying of the Israelites.

Quality Leaders

Moses and Joshua possessed leadership characteristics that we continue to look for in our leaders today.

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Moses concludes his speech to the Israelites, blesses Joshua, and instructs the community to gather every seven years to read publicly from the Torah; God predicts the eventual straying of the Israelites.

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