Va-etchanan

The fifth book of the Torah, Deuteronomy, is one in which one can sense the presence of Moshe.

Nowhere is his presence more palpable than when he pleads with Hashem to let him enter the land, to which he has been leading a difficult people for forty years.

The sedra Va-etchanan also contains the two iconic passages of Judaism – the “Ten Words” and the Shema. Va-etchanan is read on Shabbat Nachamu, which derives its name from chapter 40-1-16 of Isiah, said by many scholars to be the Isaiah of the Babylonian captivity, in which he comforts the exiles by intimating the likelihood of a return to Jerusalem.

The sedra and haftara constitute a powerful combination, the appreciation of which is best attained by reading them and listening to them being read

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