Parashat Dvarim Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22
Presented August 2008
In Parashat Dvarim (Deuteronomy) Moshe (Moses) succinctly retells their shared history of wanderings and conquering to people who experienced these events together with him. One has to assume that the listeners were presumed to already know most of what Moshe tells them. In other words, this retelling is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather didactic.
In fact, it’s like any historical or autobiographical account. No one can possible tell every single thing that ever happened. Instead, depending upon the audience, we select particular events that seem especially important to us at the time of the telling. Moreover, we often organize the events we choose to tell into a themed narrative.
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