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By Bread Alone?

Moses reminded the children of Israel of their last forty years in the wilderness. Since leaving Egypt, God had provided their every need. Even their clothes and shoes miraculously survived the long sojourn. The LORD fed them manna from heaven, and this provision proceeded directly from the […]

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The Commandment of Loving God

Jewish liturgy refers to Deuteronomy 6:4-9 as “The Shema.” The word Shema (שמע) is the imperative to form for the word “Listen.” “Shema, O Israel,” Deuteronomy 6:4 says. Moses told Israel, “Listen Israel! The LORD our God, the LORD is one!” In Judaism, we recite the Shema […]

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Expounding the Torah

The book of Deuteronomy opens, “These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel across the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah” (Deuteronomy 1:1). Those words preface more than thirty chapters of Moses continuously talking. The sages puzzled over this. How did the man who […]

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