The Words

Deuteronomy 1:1−3:22

When Is D'varim Read?

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  • 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)

Ten Minutes of Torah: D'varim Commentary

two white hands holding a book against a dark background with light coming from the book and letters floating off the page

How Does a Story Begin? Not Like You Think

By: Rabbi Talia Avnon-Benveniste

We might expect that the last book of the Torah would continue the story of the Israelites' amazing desert journey to a new land with new battles, diseases, places, and miracles. Instead, Deuteronomy is a book about mourning. Moses knows his life is drawing to a close. His death will mark the start of a new story.

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Video: Learn More About Parashat D'varim

Learn More About Parashat D'varim With Bim Bam

Flash forward! Moses is nearly 120 years old. No one who was wandering in the desert for 40 years is around anymore except a few good men: Joshua and Caleb. Enjoy this video and more with Bim Bam.

Listen to Podcasts About Parashat D'varim

Listen to Rabbi Rick Jacobs discuss Parashat D'varim in these episodes of his podcast, On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah.

Raising Our Voices

For All the Jewish People

Leaving the Comfort Zone

Rabbi Rick Jacobs