Parashat Va’etchanan The Torah as Textual Homeland

The Torah is depicted in terms of a physical expanse, as a territory surrounded by alternative textual territories. Readers are commanded to walk – that is, to read – within their own territory only.

In the Shema Yisrael (“Hear, O Israel”) passage that appears in Parashat Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11),...