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
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.**
“Not with our fathers did the LORD seal this covenant but with us–we that are here today, all of us alive.” Continue Reading
“You shall love GOD, your God, with all your heart.”Continue Reading