Vaetchanan: Resources and ideas

A pair of tefillin.Vaetchanan (AKA Vaeschanan)

Continuing on with Moshe’s review of the Torah (from last week’s parsha), we hear about how Moshe begged to see Israel but was only allowed to glimpse it from afar. Moshe recounts the Exodus from Egypt, and predicts that future generations will be exiled and then gathered again.

This parsha includes a rereading of the 10 commandments as well as the Shema, and the mitzvot for mezuzot, tzitzit, and tefillin.

This Shabbat is also Shabbat Nachamu, or the Shabbat of comfort and consolation. It’s the Shabbat after Tisha B’Av where we read a haftorah from Isaiah, the first of seven haftarahs of consolation leading up to Rosh Hashanah. Read a parsha poem from Mamaland!

Links: Here are the Aish,, and Chabad pages on Vaetchanan. Here are some coloring sheets, a parsha song, and two fun videos (number 2) from Itche Kadoozy.


There are lots of good, concrete mitzvot to work with here. Choose one or more to explore!

Make luchot (10 commandment) using baby wipe tops (this one is from a Jewish Homeschool Blog)

How about a tefillin cake? (Photo from parshacakes)

Or a chocolate house with mezuzot (from pragmatic attic)

Does someone in your house need new tzitzit? Or a tzitzit cake? (from CafeMom)

This week is right after Tisha B’Av and starts consoling us – Shabbat Nachamu is this week. You can also listen to an audio class on the double solace of Nachamu.

What are you doing this week?

About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.

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