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Beit Midrash Torah Portion and Tanach Va'etchanan

Parsha Summary: V’etchanan – Shabbat Nachamu

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Our Sedra continues Moshe’s last words to Bnei Yisrael during the final 5 weeks of his life. He tells them he had pleaded with Hashem to be allowed entrance into Israel, but his request was denied.

Moshe warns the people to respect and follow the Mitzvot, neither adding to nor subtracting from their number. They are told to pass down their experiences of Har Sinai to every generation. Moshe warns the people that failure to keep the Mitzvot will result in exile from Israel, but eventually they will return to the Jewish homeland.

After setting aside 3 Cities of Refuge east of the Jordan, Moshe repeats the 10 Commandments.

The 1st paragraph of the Shema follows, containing the Mitzvot to love Hashem, the One and Only G-d; to educate our young; to wear Tefilin and to place a Mezuza on our doorposts.

The Haftora is Yeshayahu 40, Nachamu, Nachamu, the 1st in a series of Haftorot offering consolation for the destruction of Yerushalayim, promising that we will not be forsaken by Hashem. Thus the name of this Shabbat, "Shabbat Nachamu."

Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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