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Vaetchanan

45th Torah Portion – Deuteronomy/Devarim (דְּבָרִים) called Va’etchanan (וָאֶתְחַנַּן‎) for 29 July 2023

Va’etchanan, or Vaetchanan

Vaetchanan - Aleppo_Deut_1910_Photo
Aleppo Codex of Deuteronomy – 1910 Photo Deuteronomy 4:38–6:3 in the Aleppo Codex See Aleppo Codex – Joseph Segall, Travels through Northern Syria (London, 1910), p. 99.*

Shabbat Shalom, y’all!

We’re in the book of Deuteronomy (Hebrew: בְּמִדְבַּר, Devarim), reading in Va’etchanan, or Vaetchanan.

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test everything, hold tight to what is good – 1 Thessalonians 5:21

֍ ֍ ֍ What is this Torah portion about?

This week we begin reading the fifth book of the Torah, called the “Book of Devarim” (Heb. ספר דברים), called Deuteronomy in the Christian Old Testament. “)

The parashah, Va’etchanan, or Vaetchanan, tells how Mosheh (Moses) asked to see the Land of Israel, made arguments to obey the Torah (law), recounted setting up the Cities of Refuge, recited the Ten Commandments and the Shema, and gave instructions for the Israelites’ conquest of the Land.  (<<— taken directly from wikipedia)

֍ ֍ ֍ Where are we in our studies?

The Book of Deuteronomy (literally “second law,” from Greek deuteros + nomos“)

Devarim, Dvarim, or Debarim (Hebrew: דְּבָרִים, romanizedDəwārim, lit. ’things’ or ‘words’)

֍ ֍ ֍ What is our study called?

Study’s Name

45 Va’etchanan, 29 Jul. 2023, 11 Av, Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11, Isaiah 40:1–26, Luke 3:2–15

Va’etchanan, Vaetchanan (וָאֶתְחַנַּן — Hebrew for “and I pleaded”)

֍ ֍ ֍ ֍ Torah:

֍ ֍ ֍ ֍ hafTarah

֍ ֍ ֍ ֍ Brit haDashah

֍ ֍ ֍ Videos About This Portion in Some Way


Torah Pearls Va’etchanan, Vaetchanan
Torah Pearls Va’etchanan

Torah Pearls #45 – Va’etchanan, or Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11) – Listen from Nehemia’s site here at this link: Torah Pearls Va’etchanan
Posted on July 24, 2023, by Nehemia Gordon

From his site:

This episode of The Original Torah Pearls, Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11), is perhaps the crown jewel of Torah portions. It contains the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4. But what do the Hebrew words “Shema” and “Echad” mean and why is this single verse so important? Also in this program: Is Jesus/ Yeshua a victim of character assassination? What are the Noahide laws? Was the covenant made with us or our fathers? What is the 1st commandment?

Va’etchanan, or Vaetchanan

is adorned with an especially long strand of pearls and each gem is held to the light. After examining, “he pleaded,” the trio gets to the nitty-gritty of why Moses didn’t cross over. After noting the differences between the Ten Commandments in this portion and the listing in Exodus, the command not to add nor take away from the Torah is examined—as well as Jesus’ words on the subject. The provenance of the Noahide laws is revealed—with instances in the Tanakh (Old Testament) where these laws are contradicted.

Discussions include: What does Moses’ 3,500-year-old prophecy prove? Regarding Sinai: would you just have to be there? How can we keep God’s word on our hearts? (see also Tefillin link below) What does it mean to take God’s name in vain? To covet? We have to pay for whose sins? (see also Ezekiel 18 & 33 link below) Is there more than one reason to keep the Sabbath day?

Is there a better reason to honor one’s parents than the blessing of a longer life? Gemstones also include the “Shema” (6:4) in context, in tradition, and as spoken by Jesus. Gordon reveals a fossil from tradition that proves a time when the name of Yehovah was freely spoken. This especially long and lustrous string of pearls shows that Israel accepted the Torah as good—as love, light, wisdom, and beauty for all mankind.

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֍ ֍ ֍ Further info concerning how to study & apply Torah:

Vaetchanan - Moses Promulgates the Law (illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible)
Moses Promulgates the Law (illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible)

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NOTE: For Older Testament passages I’ve become rather interested in reading them in the Septuagint. I know some passages are different there comparably, but the Septuagint seems to have more depth in understanding than the Bibles translated using the Masoretic text created in about 600-1000 a.d. This is compared to the origins of the Septuagint. The Septuagint is the very first translation of the Hebrew Bible from Hebrew to another language into Greek. It’s believed that it was probably translated as early as the third century BC. The Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek is traditionally dated to the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus of Egypt (285-246 BC).

*Deuteronomy 4:38–6:3 in the Aleppo Codex

Vaetchanan - Aleppo_Deut_1910_Photo
Aleppo Codex of Deuteronomy – 1910 Photo Deuteronomy 4:38–6:3 in the Aleppo Codex See Aleppo Codex – Joseph Segall, Travels through Northern Syria (London, 1910), p. 99.*

See Aleppo Codex – Joseph Segall, Travels through Northern Syria (London, 1910), p. 99.

Image of a photograph of a now-missing page from the Aleppo Codex taken in 1910 by Joseph Segall and published in Travels through Northern Syria (London, 1910), p. 99. Reprinted and analyzed in Moshe H. Goshen-Gottstein, “A Recovered Part of the Aleppo Codex,” Textus 5 (1966):53-59 (Plate I).

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