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Category: Devarim

Ancient History: What is the Point of Learning Other People’s Stories?

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted on August 3, 2017

  Judaism today sees itself as a civilization that honors history above most things. And the history that we venerate is almost always our own. The Torah, however, in various places emphasizes the importance of knowing other people’s histories. This actually appears odd to us (as well as to early sages) precisely because knowing the Continue Reading »

Four Roads Lead To Israel: A Close Reading of Devarim 1-3

by Rabbi Eric LevyPosted on November 1, 2016

He Said, He Said

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 15, 2016

There are many differences between the stories that are retold in the book of Devarim and their earlier appearances in the Torah. How are we to explain this? If we read in Bamidbar that sending the spies was God’s idea and in Devarim that it was the people’s, it would seem that one version has Continue Reading »

When Does the Oral Torah Begin?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on July 22, 2015

What happens when we repeat a story or lesson in our own words? Does it improve with the retelling, or does it worsen? Is the message lost, or is it made more relevant? What is the point of retelling? Why not repeat things verbatim? Parashat Devarim opens with an epic retelling: a speech that took Continue Reading »