Devarim

June 20, 2006

English: Deuteronomy; the fifth of the Five Books of Moses. Of all the Five Books, this is truly a “Book of Moses,” in that it consists entirely of Moshe’s farewell address to the Jewish People, on the eve of their entry into the Land of Israel, and on the eve of his own departure. He used the opportunity mainly to review the history of the Jewish People from Egypt to that time, and to warn them that they would face disasters of incredible magnitude, if they left the path of the Torah. But whatever happened, they would in the end return to G-d through “Teshuvah,” or Repentance, and be redeemed by Him.