In Loving Memory of our Dear Parents

Benjamin Assa & Rebeca Assa z"L

Parasha Ekeb

Eikev means “because.” Moshe promises that for fulfilling the Mitzvot, Am Israel will prosper.

Moshe speaks to the People and asks them not to fear the other nations they will be conquering since Hashem will be on their side.

Moshe warns Bnei Israel not to forget Hashem, His Torah and Mitzvot, even when living in prosperity, in beautiful homes, with flourishing businesses, Never forget Hashem, Who took you out of slavery.

Moshe reminds them about the mann that was given to them in the wilderness and tells them “By means of the mann Hashem trained you to trust him...” and he continues “the giving of the mann taught you a life long lesson:”

“Man does not live by bread alone, but by each saying that emanates from Hashem´s mouth does man live.” 

Moshe tells them that they will enter the Promised Land because Hashem promised our forefathers He would do so, and NOT because of our merits since we are a disobedient People.

Moshe reminds them about the terrible episodes that occurred in the wilderness: The sin of the golden calf, the rebellion upon the disappearance of Miriam´s well, the complaints when you wanted to eat more meat, and the sad and shameful incident of the unfaithful spies who spoke Lashon Hara about the Promised Land.

Moshe also reminds them about the destruction of the 1st set of tablets and the receiving of two new Tablets mande of stone to be placed in the Ark.

Immediately the following verse of the Shema Israel appears:

"Veahaya im Shamoa" where all the consequences of the future are mentioned. 

In the Parashah's closing verses, Moshe once again calls upon the people to love Hashem, to fulfill His commandments and to "walk in all His ways, and to cleave to Him."


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