Eikev: Joshua Rebukes Moses

I am Joshua ben Nun; orphaned in Egypt—my parents perished while building the pyramids that dotted the Valley of the Kings. It was Jochebed, mother of Moses, who took me in, may she rest in peace. I recall being a small child, when Moses was already a teenager—Jochebed often took me to the Pharaoh’s Palace […]

Eikev: Datan and Aviram, Rebels Against God and Moses, Make Their Case from Hell by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Scene: Sheol, the Torah version of Hell. No demons or pitchforks; no lakes of fire or forgetfulness. Rather, the Spirits of the Dead flit about silently—unless they are asked to speak. Datan and Aviram, the enemies of Moses, come forward to give their testimony.

Eikev: A Crisis of Confidence By Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Eikev (עקב) Torah: Deut 7:12-11:25 Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14 – 51:3   If you will surely listen to [and obey] the mitzvot-commandments which I give you this day, to love the LORD your God and to serve Him with all your heart and soul, then I will give the dew of your land in its time, [as […]

Eikev by David Hartley Mark

“When you have eaten and satisfied your appetites, and built fine homes to live in, and your cattle and sheep have increased, and your silver and gold has grown, as have all of your possessions, be careful not to let your hearts become haughty and forget the Lord your God, who took you out of […]

Parsha Eikev Online Torah Study with Sarah BasAvraham

Tefillah Moses is said to have prayed to HaShem 515 times-the numerical value (gematria) of va’eschanan-to be allowed to enter the Promised land. (Midrash Rabbah) According to Rashi, there are 10 words for prayer. The Midrash Rabbah lists them as: cry, howl, groan, song, encounter, stricture, prostration, judgment and beseeching. (Tefillah must be the 10th? I count only 9 there.)   Tefillah (prayer) is derived from […]