Welcome to Torah portion Vaetchanan
Vaetchanan means And I pleaded.
Scripture passage: Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
Read Aloud from My First Torah
Moses continued to teach the people to prepare them for going into the Promised Land.
He told them that he would not be going because he had lost his temper and hit the rock.
Moses told the people to be careful to obey.
They had a wonderful Elohim that answered when they called.
They had rules that were right and good.
No other nation had that.
Their Elohim spoke right to them and gave them the Torah.
Moses told the people to only serve YHVH.
They were not to make statues of YHVH.
They were not to make statues of any god, or worship any other god.
YHVH is the only Elohim.
No other god can speak or act or make laws.
They are only statues.
But YHVH is a powerful Elohim that can bless those that obey.
He can curse those that disobey.
Moses reminded the people of the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments are for us, too.
YHVH is the only Elohim, the One that brought Israel out of slavery in Egypt.
We are not to serve any other gods, or make statues of them.
We are to be careful how we use YHVH’s name, always using it with respect.
We are to keep the Sabbath day as a special day for rest.
We are to work on the other six days.
We are to honor our parents, so that we will have a long life.
We should not murder.
We are to be faithful to the person we marry.
We should not steal.
We are to tell the truth about other people.
We are to be content with what we have, and not try to get what other people have.
YHVH wrote these words with His finger onto two stones.
He spoke in fire on the mountain to teach the people to fear Him and obey.
But the people were so afraid that they did not want to hear Him anymore.
So He began to speak through Moses.
Moses wanted the people to be blessed.
He said, “Listen, Israel! Our Elohim is the one true Elohim!
We are to love YHVH with all our heart, soul, and might.
We are to teach our children about Him.
We are to write His words on the doorposts of our houses.
We are to speak of Him all through the day.
We are to obey Him with the words that we speak and the things that we do.
YHVH wants to bless us.
He wants us to do right.
He wants us to be His people, different from all the other people in the world.
But we must obey.
We must be faithful to serve Him.
Then He will bless us in this land flowing with milk and honey.”
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Copywork passage: Deuteronomy 6:4-9
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