Editor, Daveed Fakheri
Seven Lessons from this
Weekly Torah Portion 1n
* EIKEV *
Based on Rav Kook's writings
The Golden Calf (watercolor circa 1896–1902 by James Tissot)
By blessing after we eat, we elevate the act of eating by connecting with God, the source of our sustenance, and with our cultural history
In this week's parashah, Moses continues his review of the exodus experience, reminding
The Israelites of how God has cared for them in the wilderness. He reiterates the
and continues to review the general rewards that will benefit the Israelites if they are
Faithful to God and follow God's commandments. It is simple: If the Israelites follow the
Torah, God will bless them in the land, and drive out their enemies. If they do not obey
Ekev, a summary of the portion 3
Moses continues his speech to the Israelites, reminding them to keep God's commandments when they enter the land of Israel.
Moses continues with his speech to the Israelites, "It will come to pass as a result of your hearing these Ten Commandments and carrying them out with care, that God will keep with you this covenant. God will love you and bless you and multiply you. God will bless the fruit of your body, your soil, grain, wine, oil and animals. You will be blessed more than all the peoples.
There is a verse in this week’s portion that sums up this theme; “…Not by bread alone does man live; rather, on all that comes from the mouth of Hashem does man live” (Devarim. 8:3).
Haftarah for Ekev, A Summery of the Haftarah
from Isaiah, 49:14-51:3.
"God has forsaken me," Zion sighs, "my Sovereign has forgotten me" (49:14)
This lament opens the second of seven haftarot of consolation, marking the seven weeks (and seven Shabbatot ) between Tisha B'Av and Rosh Hashanah. Though the first verse offers little consolation, the rest of the haftarah responds to this sad statement with positive, hopeful promises of the future redemption