Shalom and welcome to the Parsha in 60 seconds
Today’s portion is from Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 it is called Va’etchanan which means “and I pleaded,”
Moses pleaded with God to let him cross over and see the other side of the Jordan River. God says no and don’t bring it up again. Moses climbs the summit of Pisgah and looks at the land. Moses instructs Joshua to be strong and courageous as he leads the people. Moses tells the Israelites to listen God’s laws, not to add or subtract anything to them.
Moses argues that observing the laws faithfully would show the Israelites’ wisdom and discernment and that God is greater than all other nations’ gods. Moses urged the Israelites to not forget the Law, and to make them known to their children and children’s children. God then gives the law of the land. Moses warned them against idolatry and if they failed God would scatter them among the peoples, leaving only a scant few alive. If the Israelites follow God during exile God would bring them back.
Moses then preaches about the greatness of God and proves that there are no other gods besides God. Moses then establishes the cities of refuge and gives out the rulebook. Moses then gives another reminder of the law and how it was given by God on mount Horeb and that the covenant was made with each individual and not their fathers.
Moses then recalls the 10 commandments and how God inscribed them on two stone tablets, which God gave to Moses.
Once again Moses reminds the Israelites to worship only God and to keep the passover.
Moses tells the Israelites that God will bring them to the land and will dislodged seven nations before them — the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites We conclude with one final reminder that God is God.
And that is Va’etchanan in 60 seconds.
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