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Shalom and welcome to the Parsha in 60 seconds
Today’s portion is from Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 it is called Ekev which means “if you follow,”
Moses tells the Israelites that if they obeyed God’s rules, God would truly maintain the covenant. The Israelites were to destroy all the peoples whom God delivered to them, showing no pity and not worshiping their gods. They were to burn all idols and not to keep anything.
God recalls the lessons he taught the Israelites in the wilderness for 40 years. Miraculously their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell for 40 years. God disciplined them as a man disciplines his son.
Moses warned the Israelites that they were to dispossess nations greater than they, but God would go before them as a devouring fire to drive out the land’s inhabitants. God had not enabled them to possess the land because of their virtue, but God was dispossessing the land’s current inhabitants because of those nations’ wickedness and was fulfill the oath that God had made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Moses then reminded them about the incident with the golden calf and retells the story. Moses reminded the Israelites how they provoked God. Moses had to lay prostrate before God for 40 days, because God was determined to destroy the Israelites. Moses recalls the two tablets and the Ark of the Covenant, the death of Aaron And the promotion of Eleazar
Moses described God as supreme, great, mighty, and awesome, showing no favor and taking no bribe, but upholding the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and befriending the stranger.
Moses then says the Shema and instructs in the binding of scripture to their hands and forheads which is known today as taffilin. Also posted at the door is the mezuzah.
And that is Ekev in 60 seconds.
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