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I [Moses] Pleaded with the Eternal

I pleaded with the Eternal at that time, saying, "O Eternal God, You who let Your servant see the first works of Your greatness and Your mighty hand, You whose powerful deeds no god in heaven or on earth can equal! Let me, I pray, cross over and see the good land on the other side of the Jordan, that good hill country, and the Lebanon." - Deuteronomy 3:23-25

  • Moses pleads with God to let him enter the Land of Israel with the people, but God once more refuses his request. (3:23–28)
  • Moses orders the Children of Israel to pay attention and follow the laws given by God in order to be worthy of the land they are about to receive. (4:1–40)
  • Specific areas of the land are set aside to serve as cities of refuge. (4:41–43)
  • The covenant at Sinai and the Ten Commandments are recalled. Once again, the people are exhorted to heed God’s commandments. (5:1–30)
  • Moses speaks the words of the Sh’ma, the credo of Judaism, and commands Israel to show their love for Adonai and keep God’s laws and ordinances. (6:1–25)
  • Moses warns the people not to commit idolatry by worshiping the gods of the nations they will conquer in Israel. (7:1–11)

When do we read Va-et'chanan?

2020 Aug 1
/11 Av, 5780
2021 Jul 24
/15 Av, 5781
2022 Aug 13
/16 Av, 5782


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    Hear, O Israel! The Eternal is our God, the Eternal alone. You shall love the Eternal your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

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    Moses asks and is denied entrance into the land again in this parasha. He needs to give parting words and review old and new laws; listen in to hear them all.

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