Gathering Sources: Va’etchanan

Some thoughts and resources for exploring the Torah portion Va’etchanan — sometimes spelled Va’eschanan — Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11. In 2019, reading begins with minchah 8/10/19, concluding with Shabbat Nachamu, 8/17/19. This is part of a series of weekly “gathering sources” posts, collecting previous material on the weekly Torah portion, most originally part of a 2010 series called “Opening the Book.”

Something to Notice: Rhetorical Strategy of Witness

Great Source(s): On the Shema

Praying to Pray: Va’Etchanan Prayer Links

Praying to Pray: Va-Et’chanan Prayer Links

The earliest prayer links in Va-etchanan come in the first verse, long before what is probably the portion’s most famous passage: the first paragraph of the Shema (Deut. 6:4-9). In fact, there are prayer links galore in the portion’s first word: “va-etchanan” [I pleaded, implored]. Some commentaries examine details of the communication between Moses and God as the portion opens. Some focus, more generally, on what prayer can (or should) mean to regular folks.

**Speaking of communication, please see the query below about sources and editing. Thoughts most welcome.**
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