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Parashat Vaetchanan

פרשת ואתחנן

ספר דברים

"I pleaded"

Moshe tells the people that he begged to enter the Promised Land, but Lord only allowed him to go up a mountain so that he could see it. He goes on to recount the events from the Exodus from Egypt to the Receiving of the Torah, including reciting again the Decalogue (‘Aseret haDibrot—Ten Commandments). He predicts that the people will turn away from God in the future, which will cause their exile from the land, but he also says that there will be repentance and return. Verses from the Shema, the profession of faith in the oneness of God, are also in this parashah.

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