Village Reform Congregation

Summary of Weekly Torah Portions During August 2017

August 4&5 (Vaetchanan, Deuteronomy 3.23-7.11): Moses repeats warnings to the Israelites against idolatry. There is a reiteration of the Ten Commandments. The Torah portion also contains the Sh'ma and the V'ahavta. (You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.)

August 11&12 (Ekev, Deuteronomy 7.12-11.25): The Torah portion contains a warning against arrogance. When blessed with prosperity, people often attribute their good fortune solely to their own efforts. The Torah portion reminds us that all things ultimately come from God, and it is God who gives people the power to achieve success.

August 18&19 (Re'eh, Deuteronomy11.26-16.17): There is a discussion of the Jewish dietary laws and the importance of helping the poor. One-tenth of a person's yearly produce was to be set aside for the Sanctuary and the poor. The three pilgrimage festivals are discussed. (Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot.)

August 25&26 (Shofetim, Deuteronomy 16.18-21.19): The importance of justice is emphasized. Judges must be fair. They may not accept bribes. If a king rules over the Israelites, he may not have unlimited power. He must obey the laws of the Torah. Fruit trees may not be destroyed in time of war.