Archive for the Torah Portion Category

Grace Negotiations

After forty days of fasting in his tent of meeting, Moses began to negotiate with God. Ever since the sin of the golden calf, the LORD had not referred to Israel as His people. Rather, they were Moses’ people: “Your people, whom you brought up from the […]

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Heaven and Earth; Rain and Dew

Moses began his song by calling upon the heavens and the earth as witnesses to his teaching: “Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; and let the earth hear the words of my mouth” (Deuteronomy 32:1). His oracle takes utterance first in heaven, and only after […]

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Never Will I Leave You

Moses encouraged the Israelites not to falter on the edge of the Promised Land, as the previous generation had done. He told them to “be strong and courageous,” and he comforted them by telling them that God would not fail or forsake them. Jewish tradition teaches that […]

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