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Parasha Devarim 1:1-3:22

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 20, 2007


Finding the Book…

Moshe and Joshua didn’t have the book of Devarim (Deuteronomy) – it wasn’t discovered until 2 Kings 22-23…so this Dvar Torah is not based in Devarim – it’s based in the story about Devarim.

Finding the Book…

Each of us have to discover Torah for ourselves. Yes, yes, you are Jewish because your mother was/is or because you converted to Judaism…and still just like King Josia needed the Book to set things right, so do we, each one of us.

Despite our collective relationship with G-d, we still need a personal point at which we relate to what it means to us to be Jewish. We need to find that Book.

Where we find it is not important. But we need to find it, because without it we remain children, just as a Jewish Youth is before his or her Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The young have received teaching in Torah (Talmud Torah) and so discovers the Book little by little until he or she is 12-13 years old and becomes an adult in relation to Torah. But this relationship doesn’t stop there – it needs to be re-established over and over. So each day we need to find that Book.

Now, go find that Book.

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