Shabbat Va'etchanan – 08/01/2009
Somehow in the distraction of July and early August, Numbers ended and Deuteronomy started and here we are getting a firm talking-to from Mr.-Best-Friends-With-God himself, Moses.
In this portion the Israelites endure this tongue lashing along with snippets of VERY familiar phrases – things like “Shema Yisrael”, and “V’ahavta”. Words that have kept with us (and some say kept us whole) through the millenia. Because this is the first Shabbat after the emotionally charged holiday Tisha B’av, this is also popularly known as “Shabbat Nachamu” or Shabbat of Comfort (after the opening words of this week’s Haftarah portion which read “Comfort, O comfort My people”).
So, limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring a food for Jewish survival.