48 Ekev


וְהָיָה׀ עֵקֶב תִּשְׁמְעוּן אֵת הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים הָאֵלֶּה וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם וְשָׁמַר יְהוה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לְךָ אֶת־הַבְּרִית וְאֶת־הַחֶסֶד אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לַאֲבֹתֶיךָ׃

“Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers.





Brit Chadasha

Aug 24 2024



Deut. 7:12-11:25

Isaiah 49:14-51:3

Luke 4:1-13
Jacob 5:7-11

Parasha Ekev deals with the foundation set by God that requires to keep the commandments. It is the fidelity to this set of formal and ethical models of behaviors which insures Godly favor, and which will enable His people to settle and dwell in peace in the land that had been promised to their ancestors, and to be standing at the precipice of the true freedom that entering the Land symbolizes.
Deut 8:8 the seven varieties—a list of seven botanical items— are included in this week's reading not because their presence in the land is so very praiseworthy and a rarely and integral conceptual unit, yet their illustrative allegorical potential into a far-reaching symbolic interpretation associates with the land (eretz) and one might expect that the patently typological number seven would stimulate the creation of special homiletic interpretations. The seven days of creation in which the earth (eretz) was created and perfected.
Clearly, the Word of God states that the “earthly Jerusalem” is intimately connected to and dependent on Jerusalem of the heavens, or the New Jerusalem. Water, especially in Israel, cannot be taken for granted. Not only is it a literal sign of divine favor and nourishment, it is also a figurative symbol of the vital relationship between God and the People. Even when the People are blessed by abundance, they must not lose sight of the true source of their blessing: the partnership between God and humans.