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Devarim Roundup

Devarim Roundup

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This week's Torah portion is the first portion of the last book of the Chumash, the book of Devarim. Moshe starts to review the Torah before the Jewish people. He tells them about the exodus from Egypt and everything that happened while they were in the desert for 40 years. He encourages them to observe the Torah and the mitzvot when in the Land of Israel.

Moshe recalls how he appointed judges to help him judge the people as it had been too hard and time consuming to help the entire people all alone. He reminds the Jewish people of their trips through the desert, of the spies they sent to the Holy Land and of how they no longer wanted to move there after hearing their negative report. And of how because of that, G‑d decreed that that entire generation would pass away in the desert and not go into the Holy Land.

Moshe then reminds the people of other recent events such as when the people of Moab and Ammon did not allow the Jewish people to pass through their countries and about the wars they had to wage with the Sichon and Og, the kings of the Emorites and Bashanites. This week's Torah portion ends with a message from Moshe to Yehoshua, the next leader of the Jewish people who will be the one to take them into the Holy Land; he tells him not to be afraid of the enemies because G‑d will fight for him.

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