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Shabbat Commentary

11/12 Aug: Shabbat Ekev comes in 8:17 pm, goes out 9:22 pm

In parshat Ekev, Moses discusses how the Land of Israel itself is one of the reasons we should be obedient to God.  The Promised Land, unlike Egypt, depends on rain for irrigation, which is given by God only if the people are loyal and keep the laws of God.

It was different in Egypt.   ”There, the grain you sowed had to be watered by your own labour, like a vegetable garden; but the land you are about to cross into and possess, a land of hills and valleys, soaks up its water from the rains of heaven.  It is a land which the Lord your God looks after” (Deut. 11:10-11).

The Land itself becomes a means for educating the people because their dependence on rain teaches them to look to Heaven.   God has set up a system where the children of Israel have to continually return to God and God’s laws, in order to get what they want — I wonder what systems we establish so that people return to us — money? support? love?


Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Paul Arberman

August 10, 2017