Weekly Torah Portion: Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)


In this Torah portion, Moses continues his speech to the Israelites. He tells them they will have to annihilate people who are not believers in God. Moses reminds them not to forget God’s commandments even after they enter the land of Israel. Moses tells the Israelites that the biggest task is to continue to fear God. Read an extensive summary on My Jewish Learning

Related D’var Torah

“Living a comfortable life, and having enough food to eat, does not directly correlate to satisfaction. In fact, physical hunger may be satisfied but a person may still feel empty in life.” – Rabbi Heather Miller in 2017. Read the drash

״What we learn to all of this is that gold and money are not what’s important.” – Rabbi Heather Miller in 2016. Read the drash

“Why do I deserve to live more years than she did?” a colleague said to me this week- so sad about the death of our colleague Carole Meyers, who died at age 50 – Rabbi Lisa Edwards in 2007. Read the full drash

If we can’t embrace what befalls us, can we at least use it in some way, can we learn from it, can we let it help us or let it help us help others? – Rabbi Lisa in 2002. Read the full drash

Torah Verse of the Week*

“So circumcise the foreskin of your heart, your neck you are not to keep-hard anymore.” (Deuteronomy 11:16, Parashat Eikev)

Other Suggested Readings

In ‘Wholeness of a Broken Heart,’ transgender Rabbi Elliot Kukla says “true repair begins when we acknowledge the impact of broken relationships on this planet.” With this acknowledgement we can make whole again ourselves and the world around us. Read more in our Telephone Torah Study archives

*Torah Verse of the Week is chosen by the Torah class during Tuesdays’ studies with Rabbi Lisa Edwards. Check out when our next Torah Study takes place

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