Editor, Daveed Fakheri
It is surprising that at the opening of Moses' dramatic speech to the Israelites, he focuses so much attention on an issue that applies to just a small percentage of the population: the creation of a judicial system.
D'varim 3 a summary of the PORTION
By Nancy Reuben
Moses recounts to the Israelites episodes from the 40 years in the wilderness; he encourages the Israelites in their upcoming conquest of the land of Canaan.
"Remember God said, 'I have set this land before you, go in and take possession of the land…' Now God, your God, has multiplied you and you are now like the stars of heaven in multitude. May God add to you another thousand times as many as you are now, and may God bless you.
Haftarah for D'varim, a summary of the HAFTARAH
Tisha B'Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, marks the anniversary of the destruction of the Temple. On the Shabbat before Tisha B'Av, which always coincides with Parashat Devarim, Jews read a haftarah from the beginning of the Book of Isaiah. The Shabbat before Tisha B'Av is often called Shabbat Hazon, named after the first word of the haftarah. Unlike Jeremiah and Ezekiel, who both experienced vivid visions as their initiation into prophecy, Isaiah does not report having a visions, he simply begins by condemning the people of Judah and Jerusalem for their poor behavior.