Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22)

Posted on Aug 2, 2014

080214tp  by Rabbi Paul Falk.  “These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel.”  When he is speaking, Moses goal here is to actually teach them.  What is intriguing about Devarim from all the other books, in Genesis we see sort of Yahweh evolving, not only creation but His people.  From Exodus through Numbers is one long story.  Devarim is a master teacher going “You know what, they are about to go into the land.  There are some things I have to review with them.”  It’s said that the first few words a teacher says we remember.  The last few words a teachers says we remember.  The middle part, uh, mmm, not so well.  Devarim are Moses last words. As a teacher for Yahweh he is trying to prepare the people for the journey they have to take. It’s not accidental that while we come to this portion right now and they are getting ready to go into the land, that we ourselves are getting ready to go into the journey into Yahwehs’s presence, the Holy Days.  It is like crossing over the Jordan.  It is not one that is going to be easy.  There is going to be spiritual warfare.  …. (continued on audio)