Weekly Torah Portion: D’varim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22)


In this Torah portion, Moses recounts the Israelites’ episodes from their 40 years in the wilderness. Moses encourages the Israelites in their upcoming conquest of the land of Canaan. Read an extensive summary on My Jewish Learning

Related D’var Torah

“Every year when the Torah portion D’varim comes around, I think about this story Rabbi Lisa tells us; it’s one of my favorites…a pre-school teacher is trying to calm a little boy having a temper tantrum. “Tell me what you are feeling, use your words,” the teacher encourages the toddler, “use your words.” The little boy holds his breath, while his face turns all red; he opens his mouth and yells, “WORDS!”” – Bracha Yael and Davi Cheng in 2014. Read the drash

“The ability to envision a future time of happiness, even in the midst of worry and sadness; the ability. the belief, the understanding that there will yet be ‘a vision of a joyous occasion’” – Rabbi Lisa Edwards in 2002. Read the full drash

“…to be there for each other as we experience Tisha B’Av but also the birth of the world, to grow as Moses did to face the challenges that life presents o us all.” – Michael Main in 2000. Read the full drash

Torah Verse of the Week*

“And also in the wilderness, where you saw that God, your God, carried you just as a man carries his son, on all the way that you went, until you came to this place.” (Deuteronomy 1:31, Parashat D’varim)

Other Suggested Readings

When do we like Moses say to ourselves, “Who am I to…?” When do we anticipate how we think others will respond to us and let that influence our behaviors? How much human potential are we withholding because we doubt ourselves and our qualifications? Read from Leah Zimmerman’s blog, experiencing Torah

More on the beginning of ‘D’varim,’ Deuteronomy, in our Telephone Torah Study archives: read here


*Torah Verse of the Week is chosen by the Torah class during Tuesdays’ studies with Rabbi Lisa Edwards. Check out when our next Torah Study takes place