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Parshat Eikev

5760 This week’s section contains paradoxes. For instance: The word “Aikev” here means “because” implying a very high thing: That because you will listen (tishm’oo) to G-d, He will reward you”. But the word ‘Aikev’ also means the ‘heel’; the lowest level. Similarly it talks about how the Manna satisfied everyone (The Midrash says it even contained all tastes) and in the next sentence it says the opposite; that it made everyone suffer from hunger!
5761 This week's section contains one of the most important paragraphs in the Torah. We are commanded to say it twice daily, and it is written in every Mezuza and every pair of Tefillin: "If you do what I want; to love G-d and serve Him with all your heart and soul, then I will give the rain when you need it and you will gather up your grain, wine and oil and your animals will have grasses etc. (11:13)”
5762 This week's section contains the commandment to bless G-d after eating bread: "And you shall eat, and you shall be satisfied and you shall bless G-d etc." (Num. 8:10) At first glance this is not understood.
5763 In this week's section we find the well known saying, "Man does not live by bread alone." This was said by Moses who, in his final message to the Jewish people before they enter the land of Israel, was reminding them to be grateful to G-d for miraculously feeding them Manna for forty years in the desert. The whole sentence goes like this:
5764 In week's section Moses continues his hard-line 'last minute' instructions to the Jews before they enter the land of Israel. Among the advice he gives is "And you should circumcise the foreskin of your hearts and don’t stiffen your necks!" (10:16) Does this make sense?
5765 This week's section begins on a very strange note: "Because (Eikev) you will listen to these statutes and keep them and do them… G-d will keep the covenant....that He promised your forefathers." In other words, the Torah is saying with certainty THAT all the Jews will listen and follow the commandments.
5766 This week's Torah portion praises the Land of Israel and concludes (11:12): "A land that G-d examines constantly, the eyes of G-d are on it from the beginning of the year to the end of the year." Then later (11:21) it continues: if the Jews follow the Torah, then G-d will raise Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob from the dead and give them the Land He promised them (see Rashi there).
5767 In this week's Torah portion, Moses continues his final message to the Jews just before they enter Israel without him. He reminds them of how their fault of bloated egotism brought them to the Golden Calf idolatry and caused the first Tablets to be broken: "I grabbed the Tablets and broke them (9:17)".
5768 This week's Torah portion continues the many important instructions from Moses to the Jews as they are about to enter Israel which is the topic of this last book of the Torah.
5769 This week's Torah portion, as part of the book of Deuteronomy, repeats many incidents that were mentioned in the previous books. Two of them are; the breaking of the Tablets (after the Jews worshiped the Golden Calf) and immediately afterward, the death of Aaron, Moses' brother. (10:6)
5770 This week’s Torah portion contains eight commandments andone of them is to Thank G-d after eating bread.
5771 This week's Torah portion; the third in the book of Deuteronomy which is devoted to Moses preparing the Jews to enter Israel, contains eight new commandments among which are: not deriving any benefit from idols, to say 'grace' after meals, to fear G-d, to love converts, to pray to G-d and more.
5772 This week’s Torah portion contains the second paragraph of the ‘Shema Yisroel’ prayer that is the ‘motto’ of Judaism. (11: 13-21)
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