Parshat Va’etchanan 5772–Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom–Being Part of the Oneness

The Aseret Hadibrot, the 10 Utterances, the 10 Commandments, however you choose to call them, are set forth again in this week’s Parasha (Devarim 5:6-18)  together with the other most well-known phrase, prayer or set of commandments in our faith, the Shema (Devarim 6:4). These words are theoretically the most important words in Western Civilization. The question is what do these words mean to us? Even these concepts? Do they really govern our beliefs and our actions? Can you imagine that there are people who focus on some words of Torah to apply them to others, but do not even look at the Aseret Hadibrot or the Shema to apply to themselves? On the other hand, looking over the 10 Commandments and the Shema, living in accordance with them is no easy task either. Try to do it for a solid week. Even Hillel’s summary of the Torah, “That which is hateful to yourself, do not do unto your fellow,” could be quite a challenge for many.

 For those familiar with the liturgy,  we find other important  phrases in this week’s Parasha (Devarim 4:44) and  Devarim (4:4). Take a look.

 Shabbat services at Adat Shalom this Summer have been remarkable with the Torah Study and Drash  interspersed throughout the Torah Reading. Give it a try if you have not taken the opportunity.

 Shabbat Shalom, 

Paul 

Quiz Bowl question…..how long until Rosh Hashanah? 

Bonus Question: How will you make 5773 different?

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