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Parashat Eikev (August 11, 2012)
by Saul Kaiserman

THIS WEEK’S TORAH PORTION, Eikev, offers us guidance not in what it means to love or how to love but how to remember to love. These words from Deuteronomy — some of the most powerful and memorable in the entire Torah — were adapted long ago as part of the daily prayer service in the first paragraph following the Sh’ma Yisrael (“Hear, O Israel…”), usually referred to as the V’ahavta. (“And You Shall Love”). In saying these words, we are reminded not only to love God but also to remember to love God.

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