Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

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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.


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Moses repeats the Ten Commandments

Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Integrating Knowledge
Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger, KOLEL


Treatment of the Stranger
Rachel Farbiarz, AJWS


Whom Should You Honor?
Rabbi Lawrence Raphael, Union for Reform Judaism


Here & Act
Rabbi Dorothy Richman, AJWS


The Chosen People
Rabbi Elliot Kaplowitz, Hillel


The Smallest of Peoples
Pamela Katz, AJWS


Acting With Compassion
Gila Langer,


Guard Yourselves Very Well
Akiva Gersh, Canfei Nesharim


From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Love the Lord
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish University


Renewing Love
Dvora Weisberg, CLAL


The Dutiful Student
Rabbi Marc Wolf, Jewish Theological Seminary


Jewish Continuity
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Big Tent Judaism


Beyond the Letter of the Law
Rabbi David Movsas, Orthodox Union


Inverse Tablets
Mindy Berman, UJA-Federation of New York


Understanding Our Own Morality
Carol Ochs, Women of Reform Judaism



Parshat Va’et’hanan Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parshat Va’et’hanan Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parshat Va’et’hanan for Families
Torah Topics for Families



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