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July 23, 2024

Glossary – VaEtchanan (And I Besought) – Weekly Torah Portion

Glossary of Terms Used in the VaEtchanan Weekly Torah Portion

Observing (Keeping) the Torah

It is constant keeping of our attitude toward others. The Torah means “love your neighbor as yourself.” It is love that must always be before our eyes.


Repentance is returning from the ego, from the negative attitude toward others, and into a good attitude to others.

The Ten Commandments

Distinguishing ten parts that are all egotistical, cruel, aiming to exploit others, and which are then corrected from aiming to receive into aiming to bestow.

Annihilation of Idol Worship

The idols are money, gold, beautiful cars, and whatever we want that is not necessary for our sustenance. With them, it is as though we steal from others. It is written that without flour there is no Torah. That is, one must care of one’s necessities, and also care for the needs of others.

Shema Israel (Hear, O Israel)

Unity. “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” “The Lord our God” means pure love and bestowal. It is about a bond between us that consists of love and bestowal, and which discloses to us the force of Nature with which we are in Dvekut (adhesion).


We should constantly remember, and remind others, about mutual guarantee, Arvut. We must all remind each other that we are obliged to treat each other favorably, above the bad relations between us. We need to love others as we love our children: at times we may be unhappy with our children’s character, but we love them nonetheless.

Do we have to come to being as one family?

Yes, and we must always remember it.

So Arvut is the umbrella that should cover all the gaps between us, all the conflicts. In fact, we need not change at all, just place the Arvut above us.

Precisely, and then we will reach abundance. This is what lies ahead.

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