If Only It Weren’t So Violent
The commandments to destroy the seven Canaanite nations are perhaps best understood as a later generation's struggle with idolatry.
Strength In Numbers
The commandment to gather every seven years for a communal Torah reading reinforces the spirit of unity and commitment among the people.
Moses tells the Children of Israel that the covenant includes all of them, including the pious and faithful as well as the rebellious and confused.
Affirming And Spreading Our Core Values
The final commandments in the Torah, to gather as a community to hear the Torah and to write down a spiritual legacy, encourage us to re-engage with our core values.
Knowing One’s Place, Knowing One’s Time
Why is Moses reluctant to hand over leadership to Joshua?
Models Of Leadership
Moses and God each instruct Joshua according to the different models of leadership each embodies.
Punishments, Land, And People
Even during their long exile from the land of Israel, the Jewish people will retain their covenant with God, despite the punishments God exacts against the land.
One Small Step
Fulfilling the directive to repair the world begins in our own mouths and hearts.
Before the Children of Israel enter the land, Moses cautions them against self-deception, an appropriate warning for the High Holidays as well.