Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11)

Courtesy of Julie Seltzer and

After reviewing 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.

Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.

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