Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Parshat D'varim

. . . or Parshat Devarim, if you prefer.

The first thing I noticed was that all mention of the role of Yitro/Jethro in suggesting to Moshe/Moses that he set up a judicial system rather than judging all cases himself (see Exodus, chapter 18, verses 13-26) is absent from the narrative in Deuteronomy chapter 1, verses 9-18. So much for acknowledging and expressing gratitude for a good deed (hakarat hatov?).

The second thing I noticed, largely due to a D'var Torah (Word of Torah/Torah discussion) given by one of the Mechon Hadar faculty members last night--I didn't catch her name, unfortunately--is that the story of the Incident of the Spies as told here (Deuteronomy 1:22-1:45) doesn't bear much resemblance to the story as told in Parshat Shlach L'cha (Numbers 13:1-14:24).

As for Haftarat D'varim (Yishayah/Isaiah 1:1-27), this Third Haftarah of Rebuke is about as condemnatory as you would expect of the haftarah for the Shabbat/Sabbath before Tisha B'Av.


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