Moses Pleads With God
This Portion begins with Moses pleading (v’etchanan) with God to allow him to enter the Promised Land. Why? Does Moses understand that many of the Commandments can only be fulfilled in The Land — and he wants to take part in that? But this time, God does not acquiesce to Moses.
Moses Addresses Israel
So Moses turns his attention to the Children of Israel and commands them to obey (Shema Israel): Do not add nor subtract from Torah; do not worship any kind of idol, for Israel is a Chosen Nation — God redeemed them from Egypt “by temptations, by signs, by wonders, by war, by a Mighty Hand, by an Outstretched Arm and by great terrors.” Pleading with them to keep Torah, “that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days upon the earth,” Moses ends with a review of The Ten Commandments.
Shema Yisrael – Hear O Israel
Moses then gives Israel its Declaration of Independence. All the other nations (goyim) worshipped many pagan gods, and Israel had been exposed to this type of worship. But, they have also experienced the Miracles and Wonders of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And now, through Moses, God declares that He is the One (echad) and ONLY God! He is not just Number 1 on a list of 10 gods – He is Number 1 on a list of One Gods! There is none else! Moses goes on to instruct them to love God with all their heart (levav), everything inside them; with all their soul (nefish), everything on the outside; and with all their “muchness” (m’odecha), with every fiber of their being. And to teach them to their children, to wear them on their hand and between their eyes (the Orthodox practice of wearing tifilin — we cannot miss Antichist’s counterfeit of this in the Mark of the Beast in Revelation 1).
God Will Defeat the Goyim
The Portion concludes with God’s Promise to go before Israel and fight for them to destroy the nations occupying The Land. Three nations have already been subdued east of the Jordan, and seven remain to be conquered west of the Jordan. (Again, we cannot miss the connection to the prophecies of the Beast with Seven Heads & Ten Horns in Daniel 7 & Revelation 13.)