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The Test of the False Prophet
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Rather in the place that Hashem will select in (the portion of) one of your tribes, there you shall offer your Olah sacrifices and there you shall do all that I command you. (Sefer Devarim 12:14) The Torah requires that we obey the prophets. A prophet establishes his credibility by either performing a wonder or […]
Two Important Lessons from Moshe’s Final Address
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And at Taveyrah and at Masah and at Kivrot HaTa’avah you evoked Hashem’s anger. And when Hashem sent you from Kadesh Barneya saying, “Ascend and possess the land that I have given to you.” And you rejected the word of Hashem and you did not believe Him and obey His voice. (Sefer Devarim 9:22-23) 1. […]
The Shema and its Blessings
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Listen Yisrael Hashem is our G-d. Hashem is one. (Sefer Devarim 6:4) 1. The commandment of Keriyat Shema The standard morning and evening prayer service is composed of two fundamental components. The first of these components is Keriyat Shema. Keriyat Shema – the reading of the Shema – is the reading of three specific paragraphs […]
Parshat Devarim: The Art of Rebuke
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From the days of the prophets through modern Israeli society, rebuke and criticism have been the bread and butter of Jewish discourse. Many will be surprised to learn that in the Torah giving rebuke is considered to be the way to overcome hatred and alienation. In the book of Vayekra we are told, “Don’t hate […]
The Torah and its Mitzvot
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These are the words that Moshe spoke to all of Israel on the east bank of the Jordan, in the wilderness, in the Aravah, opposite Suf, between Paran and Tofel, Lavan, Chatzerot and De Zahav. (Sefer Devarim 1:1) 1. Sefer Devarim and its content This passage introduces Sefer Devarim. The sefer is composed of three […]