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The Words

These are the words that Moses addressed to all Israel on the other side of the Jordan. - Deuteronomy 1:1

  • Moses begins his final words of instruction to the Children of Israel, focusing first on recounting their physical journey. (1:1–21)
  • Moses reviews the people’s reactions to the negative reports of the spies and the appointment of Joshua to succeed him. (1:22–45)
  • Moses recounts that all of the Israelite warriors who left Egypt died, as God had intended, and the people continued their wanderings and defeated their enemies. (2:14–3:11)
  • Moses reiterates that the Land of Israel was allocated to the Israelite tribes. (3:12–22)

When do we read D'varim?

2016 Aug 13 /9 Av, 5776
2017 Jul 29 /6 Av, 5777
2018 Jul 21 /9 Av, 5778


  • By Audrey R. Korotkin

    For a guy who described himself to God at the Burning Bush as "slow of speech and slow of tongue" (Exodus 4:10), it seems that Moses now has an awful lot to say. Honestly, can you blame him? He'd spent forty years in the wilderness with a bunch of kvetchers who worship golden idols and constantly idealize their life of hard servitude in Egypt. Now that they are so close to the Promised Land—a land that Moses will not live to enter—Moses gets his final say. Virtually the entire Book of Deuteronomy is his farewell discourse to the people he has tried so hard to lead.

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