Rabbi Marcus – Devarim

In this Sidra Moshe begins with a survey of Israel’s journey from Sinai to the Promised Land.  He recalls the difficulties he had in governing the people, and how he had set up a system of government and courts in order to deal with problems quickly and fairly.  The incident of the 12 spies sent to survey the land of Israel and it’s tragic consequences are also recollected.  Also recalled is the long route of wandering they followed to avoid conflict with Edom, Moab and Ammon along with the defeat of the Kingdom of the Amorites — led by Sichon and Og who refused our people passage through their territory. The request of the 2½ tribes of Reuben, Gad and Menashe to settle in Trans-Jordan and the appointment of Joshua as Moshe’s successor is also mentioned in today’s reading.

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