Deuteronomy

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V’zot Haberachah – “And This Is The Blessing”

The final weekly parasha is entitled V’zot HaB’racha, meaning,“and this is the blessing” and completes the annual cycle of Torah readings. Shortly before his death, Moses pronounces a blessing over the 12 tribes – a reiteration of what Jacob prophesied over his 12 sons five centuries earlier. The two blessings contain differences, and some of them are worth noting. The

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Ha’Azinu – Give Ear

This week’s parasha is entitled Ha’Azinu, which means “give ear.”  A modern-day translation would be a command to “listen” to what is about to be said.  Ha’Azinu covers all of Deuteronomy, Chapter 32, which contains 52 verses.  With this being Shabbat Shuvah, the Great Sabbath of Repentance that occurs between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, this is a very appropriate

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Nitzavim-Vayelech- “Those Taking A Stand-And He Went”

We have a double-parasha this morning: Nitzavim and Vayelech. Nitzavim means ‘Those taking a stand’ and Vayyelech means ‘And he went’. These two parashas span Deuteronomy 29:9 (29:10 in our English Bibles) through 31:30. The parasha opens with all Israel assembled to stand before Adonai. In fact, the usual verb for ‘stand’ (omayd) isn’t the word used here. The verb

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Ki Tavo – “When You Enter In”

The name of this week’s parasha is Ki Tavo, which means “when you enter in” and covers Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8.  In chapter 26, Moses instructed the Israelis on honoring God with the first fruits of the harvest after they settled in the Promised Land, including a declaration of His mighty deeds in bringing them into the Land.  In the 3rd year

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Ki Teitzei – “When You Go”

This week our parasha is Ki Teitzei, which means “When You Go”, and covers Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19.  Parasha Ki Teizei covers a large variety of topics and has 74 different commandments.  While we could go through all 72 commandments in the interest of time I would like to only discuss a small number of them. Weaving through the many different topics

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Shoftim – “Judges”

“It isn’t fair.”  How many times have we heard people say this?  Fairness is a rather complicated concept, and often we don’t understand all the implications of our demands, but regardless we tend to argue our idea of ‘fairness’ anyway, don't we? As adults, and especially as believers, we should recognize injustice when we see it; but where do we

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Re’eh – “See”

The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Re’eh, which means “See!”  It covers Deuteronomy 11:26 through 16:17. Moses makes it clear in chapter 11 that the real issue of drawing closer to God has to do with the heart of the individual. If Israel would serve Adonai in love and faithfulness, He would send the early and latter rain in

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Re’eh – “See”

Today’s Parasha is entitled Re’eh, which means “see” and covers Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17. Parasha Re'eh continues Moses' second sermon to the people. It begins with the famous statement, “See, this day I set before you a blessing and a curse”. Moses describes the blessings for obedience to the Lord’s commandments, which were given earlier in chapter 11, along with the curses

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Eikev – “On The Heel Of”

This week’s Parasha is Eikev, which means “on the heel of.” In this Parasha Moses continues his final speeches to the Israelis before they enter the Promised Land. These instructions are more about obeying their God and are a warning. I think a good theme for this is the following: “If you have real faith, you will trust Me; and

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Va’etchanan – “And I Pleaded”

The Torah portion for this Shabbat is called Va’etchanan, meaning “and I pleaded”. It covers Deuteronomy 3:23 through chapter 7:11. As the parasha opens, Moses pleads with Adonai to reconsider allowing him to cross over into the Land of Promise. God’s answer was a firm “No” but He did allow Moses to ascend Mt. Pisgah and get a bird’s eye

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Devarim – “Words or Matters”

Our parasha passage for this week is entitled, D’varim, which means “words or matters,” i.e, something of consequence.  This passage covers Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22.  This comes from the Hebrew in Chapter 1:1:  Eleh ha d’varim, “these are the words.”  This last book of the Torah contains Moses’ overview of the history of their journey through the wilderness after leaving

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Ha’Azinu – “Listen”

This morning’s parasha is called Ha’azinu and means “Give ear”. It covers Deuteronomy chapter 32. The Song of Moses represents the last time that Moses will speak to the Israelis before he dies on Mount Nebo. This song was meant to be taught to every Israeli as a reminder of the past, and a warning for the present and the

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Vayelech – “And He Went”

The name of this week’s parasha is Vayelech, which means “and he went” and covers Deuteronomy 31:1-30.  Moses told the Jewish people that when they entered the Promised Land, Joshua would be their leader, and Adonai would go before them to deliver the nations there into their hands.  Those nations would suffer the fate of the Amorite kings Sihon and

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Nitzavim – “Standing”

This week’s parasha is entitled, Nitzavim, meaning "standing."  It covers Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20. In Chapter 29, all the people have gathered before the Lord in order to enter into the covenant with Him.   In verse 15, we find that not only does this covenant involve those present at that time, but that this covenant extends beyond their generation, to

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Ki Tavo – “When You Enter”

Several years ago I was on an Orthodox Jewish website doing some research.  During my browsing I discovered their “Ask the Rabbi” section and an article caught my eye.  The question concerned whether motives mattered when giving tzedakah, charity. The person writing was concerned because they had been giving charity regularly, but lately were giving in the hopes of something

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Ki Teitzei – “When You Go Out”- Lea Dickinson Bat Mitzvah 2016

This week’s Parasha is entitled Ki Teitzei meaning, “When you go out” and covers Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19. Today, we will focus in on chapter 21, verses 10-14, where God establishes guidelines for how Israeli soldiers were to treat captured women during wartime. Modern society has emphasized women’s rights. While there are certainly areas of concern where women’s rights should be discussed, modern

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Shoftim- “Judges”

This week’s parasha is entitled Shof’tim which means “Judges”. It takes us from Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9. Moses was instructed to choose men to be judges and officers in every town that Adonai their God had given Israel. These men were to always be fair in judging, so that controversies might be settled, injustices made right, the injured compensated, and the guilty

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Re’eh -“I See”

Today’s parasha is titled “Re eh”, which means “to see”. This Torah portion, from Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17, describes a blessing and a curse from God.  In chapter 11:26 – 28, God says, “see, I am setting before you a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord and the curse, if you do

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Eikev – “Consequence”

The Torah portion for this Shabbat is called Eikev meaning “consequence”. Israel is told that if they will be faithful to observe Adonai’s commandments, the ‘consequences’ will be blessing and health, prosperity and protection. But that’s a big ‘IF’. God promises to go before us to drive out the Canaanite inhabitants of the land, who had spurned 400 years of

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Va’etchanan – “And I Pleaded”

This week our parasha is Va’etchanan, meaning “and I pleaded” and covers Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11.  This parasha contains many laws, as well as the Shema, and the repeating of The Ten Commandments.  However, this morning I would like to discuss the plea of Moses to our people, both then and now, and how it is still very relevant to Messiah’s Community

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Devarim – “Words”

This week’s Torah portion begins the book of Deuteronomy, or in Hebrew D’varim. In the weekly cycle of readings, the key word in the first sentence of the passage becomes the title of the reading. D’varim means “words”. The book opens this way: These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel across the Jordan in the wilderness... As

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Ha’Azinu – “Listen”

This week our parasha is Ha’Azinu which translates to “Listen” and covers Deuteronomy 32.  Parasha Ha’Azinu is a very unique and special parasha.  Ha’Azinu is also the penultimate parasha and contains the final teaching and warning of Moses for our people.   This teaching that Moses was commissioned to write by the Lord takes the form of a song and was

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Vayelech – “And He Went”

This week’s parasha is entitled Vayeilech, which means, “And He Went.”  It covers Deuteronomy 31:1 – 31:30.  At 30 verses, this is shortest parasha of the whole parasha cycle.  This year, this passage falls on a very special Shabbat, the Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  This Shabbat is called "Shabbat Shuva", the Sabbath of Repentance.  A

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Nitzavim – “Those Taking a Stand”

This week’s parasha is entitled Nitzavim, meaning “Those taking a stand”. This is a different word than the usual verb meaning to stand up. It conveys the idea of taking a moral stand – openly or publicly. This parasha covers Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20. Moses’ death was fast approaching. He was busy carrying out his final duties of preparing the Israelis to

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Ki Tavo – “When You Come In”

This week’s Parasha is Ki Tavo, which means “when you come in” and covers Deuteronomy 26:1 through 29:9. In chapter 26 Moses is giving El Elyon, God most High’s command for the offerings of first fruits and tithes to be carried out once Israel crosses the Jordan River and enters the Promised Land. All that they ever had, or will

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