Parshah Vaethannan ואתחנן (Deut. 3:23-7:11)
The book of Devarim is a deeply traditional text, and has given us the basis of Judaism, more so than any other of the books of the Torah. Many things related to our rituals come from Devarim, such as the mezuzah, the tefilín and the tzitzit, as does our most important prayer, the Shema. And the Shema, which is much more than a prayer, is an act which binds us every time to our commitment to the Torah. By reciting it in the synagogue, the community brings the history of Devarim over and over again to the present and renews our loyalty to God.
שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהֹוָה אֶחָד
The verses from Devarin 6.4-9 form the first paragraph of the most important prayer in Judaism, the Shema, and it is called so because of the first Word in Hebrew, which means “Hear!”
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Lee Torah from Around the World #283: Parashat Vaethanan (Nachamu) 3:23-7:11 By: Rabbi Roberto Graetz, Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles, USA
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