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This week's Torah Portion: 

44 D’VARIM - WORDS - DEUTERONOMY 1:1-3:22

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אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר מֹשֶׁה אֶל־כָּל־יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּעֵבֶר הַיַּרְדֵּן בַּמִּדְבָּר בָּֽעֲרָבָה מֹול סוּף בֵּֽין־פָּארָן וּבֵֽין־תֹּפֶל וְלָבָן וַחֲצֵרֹת וְדִי זָהָֽב

Eleh haD'varim asher diber Moshe el-kol-Yisra'el be'eyver haYarden b'midbar ba'aravah mol suf beyn-pa'ran uveyn-tofel v'lavan vahatzeyrot v'di-zahav

"These are the words Moshe spoke to all Isra'el on the far side of the Yarden River, in the desert, in the 'Aravah, across from Suf, between Pa'ran and Tofel, Lavan, Hatzerot and Di-Zahav."


Welcome to a most wonderful book in Moshe’s set of five: Deuteronomy, or D’varim (“D-var-eem”) as we say in Hebrew! The literal word “d’varim” is the plural form of the word “d’var,” which means, “word.” I won’t go into each detail of this parashah, which actually serves as a recap of the major events of B’midbar, much like the last parashah of B’midbar (please recall Parashat Masa’ei). The title of the first portion takes its name from the title of the book, just like every other opening parashah of the Torah. This first parashah will function primarily as an introduction to this fifth book Moshe. First, some historical background behind this book, as quoted by modern rabbis. This initial portion will be very light, so take a break from the scholarly approach and enjoy the fascinating insights!
— Parashat D'varim