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Parshat Devarim

5760 Parshat Devorim is always read on the Shabbos before the 9th of Av - the date that both Holy Temples were destroyed. The story is told that when Napoleon saw Jews mourning on Tisha B'Av, he was so deeply impressed that he said, "A people that can mourn for a building that was destroyed over 1,500 years ago must be eternal".
5761 In this weeks Parsha, just before Moshe dies he criticised the Jewish people in great detail for the trouble they made for him in the desert. At first glance this seems strange: First of all, the Jews had already been punished for their transgressions immediately after they did them, why couldn't Moshe just let bygones be bygones?
5762 This section is always read on the Shabbat before or (as in this year) on Tisha B'Av; the date that both the first and secondTempleswere destroyed, and it contains a message very relevant to that day.
5763 This week's section is always read on the Shabbat before the fast day commemorating the most tragic incidents in Jewish history: Tisha B'Av….. the Ninth of Av.
5764 This week's section contains the commandment to appoint proper, honest Judges (1:17) At first glance this seems to be a bit superfluous. Obviously judges must be honest; in fact every human being must be honest! What is the need for a special commandment?
5765 This week we begin the last of the five books of the Torah. The word Torah means 'teaching' and the Chassidic masters showed us how every word and idea in the Torah is a living lesson how to see the G-dly purpose in all things.
5766 This Shabbat, the Shabbat before Tisha B'Av, Jews all over the world begin the book of Devarim (Deuteronomy), the last of the Five Books of Moses. This book has special importance for us because it contains the latest, precise words of G-d spoken on earth.
5767 This week begins the last and perhaps the most unusual book of the Pentateuch. Moses is giving his final directions to the Jews before he dies and they enter Israel with Joshua at their head. But he does it in a strange, seemingly confusing way.
5768 This week's Torah portion begins the last of the Five Books of Moses. This book, unlike the other four where Moses quotes G-d and tells the people what G-d told him, was spoken directly by Moses himself. We just understand that it was 'The Shechina (G-d) speaking through the throat of Moses".
5769 This Shabbat we read the first Torah Portion in the book of Devarim (Deuteronomy). This fifth and last book of the Five Books of Moses is different than the previous four; it is G-d's directions to a generation that was about to enter the Land of Israel and, for the most part, had not experienced the 'Face to Face' (Deut. 5:4) revelation of G-d at Mount Sinai; they were LOWER than the previous generation.
5770 This Shabbat is called Shabbat Chazon (Sabbath of vision) and in it we read the first portion in the book of Deuteronomy where Moses, a month before he dies, reprimands the Jews before they enter the land of Israel for all the sins and transgressions they did during the previous 40 years of wandering in the desert.
5771 This week we begin Devarim; the last of the Five Books of Moses. This book is also called 'Mishna Torah' (Literally 'The Repetition of the Torah), because it basically is a last-minute summary to the Jews of the previous four books just before they entered the land of Israel.
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