Va’etchanan 2019: Clinging to God

Each year when this torah portion rolls around, the picture I have in my mind is of a toddler, shrieking with joy, arms and legs firmly wrapped around her papa’s lower leg as he walks from room to room pretending to try to shake his delighted daughter’s hold.

That kind of clinging is exactly what Abba is looking for us to do. In fact, it is the very essence of Moses last words.

(Deut. 4:4 ISV)  But all of you who are clinging to the LORD your God are alive today.

(Deut. 30:19-20 ISV) “I call heaven and earth to testify against you today! I’ve set life and death before you today: both blessings and curses. Choose life, that it may be well with you—you and your children.  20) Love the LORD your God, obey his voice, and cling to him, because he is your life—even your long life—so that you may live in the land that the LORD promised to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” 

Here’s a terrific short video from Aleph Beta to help us connect the dots in Moses long speech and beautiful love letter:




Devarim 2019-Covenant in 15 minutes

brown envelope with seal
photo by John-Mark Smith on Pixel

Shabbat shalom dear friends and family,

A few years ago I happened upon this most excellent explanation of the significance of the structure of the love letter from Moses, posted by  Britain’s Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. It remains, to date, the best introduction that I have found to the book of Torah that Yeshua quoted most frequently, a “new covenant” for the last generation.  Enjoy!