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Shnayim Mikra provides a verse-by-verse review of the parsha in seven weekly installments, corresponding to the seven aliyos. Insights and commentary are provided by master educators familiar from the OU's Nach Yomi, including Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Rabbi Menachen Leibtag, Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom, Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein, and others.

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Eikev – Sheini
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As we have stated, the danger of living in comfort and security is the risk of becoming complacent and slacking off. Moshe cautioned the Jews not to become too pleased with themselves when they enjoy material success because that leads to egotism and neglecting God. The people must never attribute their prosperity to their own […]
Eikev – Rishon
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Moshe told the people, “If you keep God’s laws, He’ll make things good for you. Your offspring, your land, your produce and your livestock will all be great. There won’t be any illness or infertility and only your enemies will know suffering.” “Therefore,” he continued, “don’t worry about how to defeat the Canaanite nations. God […]
Va’Etchanan – Haftarah
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Haftarot like this one raise a thorny problem. What if important truths about how the world works, how our relationship with God should work, how our future as a people and individuals can, should, and will go, was embedded in a difficult text? I ask because I recognize the difficulty in reading certain sections of […]
Va’etchanan – Sh’vi’i
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Moshe told the nation that God was about to bring them into the land of Israel. The seven Canaanite nations currently occupying the land are, objectively speaking, larger and more powerful than the Jews, but God will enable them to defeat their enemies. They must drive them out or destroy them; they may not make […]
Va’etchanan – Shishi
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This aliyah starts with the Shema, perhaps the most recognized phrase in Judaism: “Listen, Israel – God is our L-rd; God is One.” Israel was then told to love God whole-heartedly, with every aspect of their existence. They were to speak words of Torah constantly, repeating the Shema and internalizing its message every morning and […]
Va’etchanan – Chamishi
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Initially, God spoke directly to the people. The experience overwhelmed and terrified them, so they asked if Moshe could serve as their messenger for the rest of God’s laws. This plan was okay with God, Who said, “If only they would always be in such awe of Me!” The people were permitted to return to […]
Va’etchanan – R’vi’i
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Moshe convened the people for a review of the Ten Commandments, which God gave the nation at Sinai. They are: (1) To recognize God; (2) Not to worship idols; (3) Not to take God’s Name in vain; (4) To keep Shabbos; (5) To honor one’s parents; (6) Not to murder; (7) Not to commit adultery; […]
Va’etchanan – Shlishi
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Moshe designated the three cities of refuge in Trans-Jordan. (See parshas Masei, Numbers chapter 35, for full details.) He then laid out God’s laws for the people. (Verse 45 uses the words eidos, chukim and mishpatim – “testimonies, decrees and ordinances.” These refer, respectively, to mitzvos that “testify” to God’s deeds, like Shabbos testifies to […]
Va’etchanan – Sheini
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Moshe told the Jews to be careful in adhering to the mitzvos, which God gave to elevate them. If they follow His laws scrupulously, they will be respected by the other nations. Israel has a unique relationship with God and only they have the Torah. They only have to stay true and carefully educate the […]
Va’etchanan – Rishon
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Since God had not permitted Moshe to enter the Holy Land, he decided to pray to God for a pardon. God told Moshe to stop. As a consolation prize, God told Moshe to climb to a certain mountain peak from where He would show him the land. Now Moshe begins a review of the mitzvos […]