Parashat Va’etchanan / Taking the Pledge

Rabbi Josiah interprets this verse in an almost literal sense: We should allow God to enter our inner space. By uttering his name, we are recruiting him to guide us in our actions and help us triumph over our evil side.

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In this week’s Torah portion, Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11), one finds the familiar passage recited daily in the Shema Israel (Hear O Israel) confession of faith, as part of which Jews are commanded to...