Va’Etchanan is an exceptionally rich portion. Not only does it contain the words of the Shema (6:4-9) but the reprise of the Ten Commandments (5:6-18). It also continues Moses’ exhortation to Israel, with special emphasis on God’s goodness and on Israel’s uniquely intimate relationship with this good and great God. Topping it off, we find three distinct sets of bookends (for what looks like three separate speeches) that tell us to listen, observe, keep, or follow the decrees, ordinances and commandments (chukim, mishpatim, and mitzvot).

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