Parashat Ekev / פרשת עקב
Parashat Ekev is the 46th weekly reading in the annual Torah reading cycle, and the third reading of Devarim (“Deuteronomy”). Ekev (עֵקֶב) means Consequence and is the second word of the parashah, in which Mosheh (Moses) continues his exhortation to Bnei Yisrael (the Children of Yisrael) describing a number of ways that HaShem will bless us if only we will listen and keep His decrees.
Mosheh calls us to remember the awesome things which HaShem has done for us in bringing us out of Mitzrayim (Egypt), giving us good reason not to fear the nations, and assuring us HaShem will supply all of our needs, if only we will keep His Mitzvah (Commandment) as delivered through His servant Mosheh.
Mosheh warns us not to forget HaShem by failing to keep His commandments when all of HaShem’s blessings come upon us, concluding erroneously that we are so blessed because of our own power and strength. Mosheh further warns us of dire consequences that will follow if we forget HaShem and fall into idolatry.
Mosheh reassures us that we need not fear the greatness of the giants in the Promised Land, and provides good reason to believe him. Additionally, we should not think it is because of our righteousness that HaShem is dispossessing the nations, a fact which Mosheh illustrates with evidence before providing the actual reason for dispossessing the nations.
Parashat Ekev concludes with Mosheh’s exhortation, in consideration of the above, to circumcise our hearts and to be no longer stubborn, but to love HaShem and keep His commandments. Mosheh points us to consider the greatness of HaShem, promising we will take possession of, inherit, retain, and be blessed in the Promised Land, if only we will lovingly obey HaShem and teach our children to do likewise.
Torah Portion: Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25
1st Aliyah: Deuteronomy 7:12-8:10 (25 verses)
2nd Aliyah: Deuteronomy 8:11-9:3 (13 verses)
3rd Aliyah: Deuteronomy 9:4-29 (26 verses)
4th Aliyah: Deuteronomy 10:1-11 (11 verses)
5th Aliyah: Deuteronomy 10:12-11:9 (20 verses)
6th Aliyah: Deuteronomy 11:10-21 (12 verses)
7th Aliyah: Deuteronomy 11:22-25 (4 verses)
Maftir: Deuteronomy 11:22-25 (4 verses)
Reading from the Nevi’im (Prophets):
Isaiah 49:14 – 51:3
Messiah in the Parashah
He will intercede for the transgressors, and HaShem will relent from destroying them.
HaShem brought His people out from Mitzrayim by His great power and with His outstretched arm.
Man does not live by bread alone but by all that is created through the Memra of HaShem.
If you forget the fear of HaShem your G-d, and go after the idols of the nations, you will perish because you were not obedient to the Memra of HaShem your G-d.
The Memra of HaShem your G-d is a consuming fire, and he destroys the giants of the Promised Land, driving them out before Bnei Yisrael.
HaShem instructed His people to go up and take possession of the land that He has given us, but they were perverse with the Memra of HaShem our G-d; they would not believe HaShem, nor be obedient to His Memra.
Eretz Yisrael is a land that HaShem your G-d inquires about through His Memra, that He may bless it evermore.
If Bnei Yisrael will diligently keep every commandment commanded through Mosheh, to love HaShem your G-d, and walk in all the ways that are right before Him, and cleave to the fear of Him, then will the Memra of HaShem drive the nations from before Bnei Yisrael, who shall possess the heritage of greater and stronger nations.
Good Deeds in the Parashah
Burn the idols in the Promised Land in the fire.
Do not take pleasure in the gold and/or silver of idols, nor take it for yourselves.
Do not bring an abomination into your house.
Completely detest and abhor an abomination.
Be careful to do the whole Commandment as transmitted by Moshe, to walk in HaShem’s ways and to fear Him.
Remember how HaShem led you through the wilderness.
Eat and be satisfied, and bless HaShem over the good land which He has given you.
Beware lest you forget HaShem by not keeping His commandments, and His judgements, and His statutes.
Know that it is HaShem Who gives you power to make wealth.
Know that HaShem goes ahead of you and will destroy and subdue your enemies for you.
Dispossess and destroy the nations of Kena’an.
Do not say in your heart, ‘Because of my righteousness has HaShem brought me in to take possession of this land’.
Know that it is not because of your righteousness that HaShem gives you this good land to inherit.
Remember—do not forget—how you provoked HaShem to wrath in the wilderness.
The tribe of Levi are to carry the ark of the covenant of HaShem, to stand in HaShem’s presence, to serve Him, and to bless in His name.
Levi is to have no territory and inheritance with his brothers in the Promised Land. HaShem is his inheritance.
Circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and do not stubborn any longer.
Love the sojourner.
Fear HaShem, your G-d.
Serve HaShem and hold fast to Him.
Take your oaths in HaShem’s name.
Love HaShem and keep His charge, His statutes, His rules, and His commandments, always.
Consider the deeds of HaShem, and what He does to those who oppose Him, and therefore keep His whole Commandment.
Beware lest your heart be deceived and you turn from HaShem.
Lay up Moshe’s words in your heart and in your soul.
Bind them as a sign on your hand, and make them frontlets between your eyes.
Teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.