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The Words

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

  • 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)

When do we read D'varim?

2019 Aug 10
/9 Av, 5779
2020 Jul 25
/4 Av, 5780
2022 Aug 6
/9 Av, 5782


  • By Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D.

    The Book of Deuteronomy is radical in every way. Initially, it seems that it’s “just” a review of key events, lots of criticism of the Israelites, and repetition of the core values encountered in previous books through the lens of Moses. But in fact it is wildly radical--different from all the other books of the Torah in both form and function.... Much of the book, especially its first Torah portion, D'varim, highlights the major events that have formed the Jewish people, from Moses' view point.

  • Torah for Tots

    Questions and ideas for parents to discuss Parashat D'varim with young children.

  • Torah for Tweens

    Learn about the Torah with a tween you love! In this edition, find out more about Moses' journey through the desert.

  • Torah for Teens

    In this parasha, Moses recaps the physical journey the Israelites underwent, and reflects on the reports of the spies. Joshua will become the next leader. Listen to other reflections from Moses.

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