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Shabbat - Part 3

VaYelech (And He (Moses) Went) – Deuteronomy 30:21 – 31:30

Thousands gathered at the Western Wall, the closest we could get to where the Temple once stood, and the President of Israel, then Chaim Herzog, read aloud from the Torah. It was indeed an awesome experience.

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Nitzavim (Standing) – Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20
On: Sep 12, 2012
By: Kim Troup

This week’s portion includes Moses’ last speech to the nation before the final poem that is Chapter 32 and the blessings in Chapter 33. Chapter 30 is often referred to as the “Return” chapter, including, as it does, references to both a physical and spiritual return to God and the Land of Israel. But a close examination of the verses in this chapter reveals a confusing sequence of events.

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Ekev (Because) Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25
On: Aug 8, 2012
By: Kim Troup

Throughout their desert experience, the Children of Israel felt the pull to return to Egypt, and Moses needed to enable them to understand the advantages of freedom, which is accompanied by servitude to G-d. Therefore, it was critical that the Children of Israel be reliant upon G-d for their food and water and understand that simple food and water from G-d as free persons is preferable to watermelon and fish in Egypt as slaves.

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Balak (Balak) – Numbers 22:2 – 25:9
On: Jul 5, 2012
By: Kim Troup

The story of Balaam and his desire to curse the children of Israel is a fabulous one. At the request of Balak, King of Moab, he tries to curse Israel, but at each opportunity, G-d prevents him from doing so. Finally, without a choice, he blesses the nation of Israel in some of the most beautiful verses in the Bible.

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Hukat (Statute) – Numbers 19:1 – 22:1
On: Jun 26, 2012
By: Kim Troup

Numbers 20 presents a fascinating story, the story of the death of Miriam and the subsequent loss of water. Verse two: And the nation settled in Kadesh and Miriam died there and was buried there. Verse three: And there was no water for the nation.

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