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D'varim

D'varim

The Words
Deuteronomy
1:1−3:22

These are the words that Moses addressed to all Israel on the other side of the Jordan. - Deuteronomy 1:1

Summary: 
  • Moses begins his final words of instruction to the Children of Israel, focusing first on recounting their physical journey. (1:1–21)
  • Moses reviews the people’s reactions to the negative reports of the spies and the appointment of Joshua to succeed him. (1:22–45)
  • Moses recounts that all of the Israelite warriors who left Egypt died, as God had intended, and the people continued their wanderings and defeated their enemies. (2:14–3:11)
  • Moses reiterates that the Land of Israel was allocated to the Israelite tribes. (3:12–22)
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When do we read D'varim?

2017 Jul 29
/6 Av, 5777
2018 Jul 21
/9 Av, 5778

RECENT COMMENTARY

  • By Reuven Firestone

    This week's Torah portion, D'varim, occurs this year as it often does, on Erev Tishah B'Av — the ninth day of the month of Av. While not observed in many Reform communities, it is a day on which Jews throughout the world commemorate collectively all the tragedies experienced by our people. It was on this day, according to tradition, that both of our ancient, sacred Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed, the first by the Babylonian Empire in 586 BCE, the second by the Roman Empire in 70 CE. Many more horrific acts committed against Jews have been associated with this date as well.

  • Torah for Tots

    "These are the words that Moses addressed to all Israel on the other side of the Jordan."

    -Deuteronomy 1:1

    "People become the stories they hear and the stories they tell." -Elie Wiesel

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