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Eikev in a Nutshell

Eikev in a Nutshell

Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25


In the Parshah of Eikev (“Because”), Moses continues his closing address to the children of Israel, promising them that if they will fulfill the commandments (mitzvot) of the Torah, they will prosper in the Land they are about to conquer and settle in keeping with G‑d’s promise to their forefathers.

Moses also rebukes them for their failings in their first generation as a people, recalling their worship of the Golden Calf, the rebellion of Korach, the sin of the spies, their angering of G‑d at Taveirah, Massah and Kivrot Hataavah (“The Graves of Lust”). “You have been rebellious against G‑d,” he says to them, “since the day I knew you.” But he also speaks of G‑d’s forgiveness of their sins, and the Second Tablets which G‑d inscribed and gave to them following their repentance.

Their forty years in the desert, says Moses to the people, during which G‑d sustained them with daily manna from heaven, was to teach them “that man does not live on bread alone, but by the utterance of G‑d’s mouth does man live.”

Moses describes the land they are about to enter as “flowing with milk and honey,” blessed with the “seven kinds” (wheat, barley, grapevines, figs, pomegranates, olive oil and dates), and as the place that is the focus of G‑d’s providence of His world. He commands them to destroy the idols of the land’s former masters, and to beware lest they become haughty and begin to believe that “my power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.”

A key passage in our Parshah is the second chapter of the Shema, which repeats the fundamental mitzvot enumerated in the Shema’s first chapter, and describes the rewards of fulfilling G‑d’s commandments and the adverse results (famine and exile) of their neglect. It is also the source of the precept of prayer, and includes a reference to the resurrection of the dead in the messianic age.

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Anonymous Israel August 9, 2017

I made Aliyah to Israel and it truly is the land of milk and honey. Just knowing that most places are kosher is wonderful. The food tastes better. My daughter visited from the states and said, wow these peaches taste much better than in the states.
I love being with my people and meeting people who survived the Holocaust because it reminds me why we have a place called home Israel where I don't have to worry someone will place a huge swatstica on my door because I'm Jewish.
Yes learning Hebrew is difficult but I finally understand a lot of it and I'm over 50 so if I can learn so can you.
The only problem I see is the intermarriage with non Jews and many times the kids are the ones that suffer because they are not all being raised as Jews. Which in turn causes them to sin because they place their spouse before HaShem and commit idolatry. Reply

Daniel Dobrin Atlanta August 4, 2015

The Convenience So very very helpful! Love parsha in a nutshell! Reply

Anonymous Miami August 11, 2017
in response to Daniel Dobrin:

Daniel Dobrin I agree Reply

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