Weekly Words of Torah Goes PC (Parashah and Chesed) – Parashat Vaetchanan 5779

To inspire, guide, engage, enrich, and empower Conservative Jewish Women
By Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields, Executive Director, Women’s League For Conservative Judaism

Parashat Vaetchanan begins with Moses standing on a mountain called Pisgah. He is told that he will not be able to enter the Land of Israel, but he can see it, if he looks north, south, east and west. God refuses to allow Moses to enter the Land of Israel, even after Moses prays to God. The strength and courage to lead the children of Israel will now be in the hands of Joshua. Three Cities of Refuge are assigned by Moses. A review of the Sinai experience, a reiteration of the Ten Commandments, and the one verse of the Shema and the V’ahavta paragraph, are all found in this week’s Torah reading, Parashat Vaetchanan.

The V’ahavta paragraph states, “V’shenantam l’vanecha,And you shall teach your children. As the summer slowly draws to a close, and many students are getting ready to return to school, a great Chesed idea for Parashat Vaetchanan would be a school supply drive for local schools, and children in need.

Weekly Words of Torah is a brief paragraph prepared weekly by our Executive Director, Rabbi Ellen S. Wolintz-Fields, presented in our “This Week @ Women’s League.” WWOT will provide meaningful thoughts related to the Weekly Torah Portion, an event on the Calendar, a Prayer, or something of Jewish interest, to inspire, guide, engage, enrich, and empower Conservative Jewish Women. If you have any particular interest in future topics, or want to send Rabbi Wolintz-Fields an email, you can contact her at ewolintz-fields@wlcj.org. Read previous Weekly Words of Torah here, and stay up-to-date with the latest WWOT theme, Chesed, here.