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Parashat D'varim (July 25, 2015)
by Saul Kaiserman

THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY, the final book of the Torah, begins 40 years after the Exodus from Egypt. The Israelites are encamped across the Jordan River from Israel and are preparing to follow Joshua into the Promised Land. Nearly all of Deuteronomy consists of the farewell address that Moses delivers at this climactic moment. His speech recounts the history of the people’s journeys through the Sinai wilderness, emphasizing the many defining experiences and decision points along the way that have shaped them as a nation.

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