Ekev – עקב

August 20, 2022
Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25; Isaiah 49:14-51:3; Luke 4:1-13

This week’s portion covers Deuteronomy/Devarim 7:12-11:25, and begins, “1Because you are listening to these rulings, keeping and obeying them, Adonai your God will keep with you the covenant and mercy that he swore to your ancestors.”

In this Parasha we are encouraged to see where we came from in order to see where we are going. Ekev has the idea of following at the heel. We must humble ourselves and be willing to follow those who have diligently studied Torah since the time of Rabbienu Mosheh. We see in the depths of Ekev that we are to look to the resident of Israel for our understanding and not the stranger in which we have viewed scripture. As stated in Isaiah 56:6,7, the foreigner is to join themselves, to be a servant, to hold fast, to adhere to, to join closely to the people of Hashem and the covenant of Hashem. As stated in the first verse of this parasha, we see we are to do all the commandments. The Hebrew gives us a deeper understanding of “commandments”. Hashem has humbled us and caused us to go hungry so that we see that we live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of Hashem. Why does He allow us to go hungry? Roeh Richard will give us a much greater understanding and light into this passage. Through this journey of the wilderness, we must learn to be content and satisfied with what we have each day so that we can break the curse given through Adam. Once again, Roeh Richard will give us better clarity on this idea of breaking the curse. This teaching opens our eyes to yet another level of understanding of this portion. Baruch Hashem!!

This week our Haftorah teaching is delivered by Ro’eh Richard out of Isaiah 49:14-51:3, and the New Covenant teaching is delivered by Brother Mark from Luke 4:1-13.

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