August 15, 2022 |

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Va-Ethanan

"Hear, O Israel, the laws and rules that I proclaim to you this day," says Moses in Parshah Va-Ethannan. "Study them and observe them faithfully." (Deut 5:1) Moses is reiterating God's laws in one of his farewell addresses, but notice that study is part of the command. Of course study is to lead to proper observance, but it's clear he wants the Israelites to be knowledgeable, and not merely obedient. In our day there is a new emphasis on Jewish study and learning. It's not just for yeshiva bochers any more. Whether it's reading the weekly portion, taking a class, or engaging in online learning, there are numerous opportunities for becoming an informed Jew. Take a look at what your shul or JCC offers this fall, as well as what's available in our library, in bookstores, and online. No matter what your level of knowledge or observance, learning is a lifelong occupation. There's a reason, after all, that Moses is referred to as "our teacher."

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Daniel M. Kimmel

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Daniel M. Kimmel is a Boston area film critic, lecturer and author. He does these weekly mini-lessons for the Mishkan Tefila Brotherhood's newsletter. You are free to use them for similar purposes.

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