We’re still in the book of Devarim / Deuteronomy, so Moshe is giving his last speech. In this week’s parsha, we get the laws of the bikkurim (first ripe fruits), tithes for the Leviim and poor, and details on the blessing/curse from Mount Gerizim and Mount Eival. There is a short outline of blessings for obeying and then comes…the Tochachah: a long, harsh list of terrible things that will befall those who do not keep the Torah commandments. Moshe reminds the people that for 40 years, their clothes and shoes did not wear out, and that they are chosen – and that they chose Hashem back.
- Here’s a funny parsha summary to read (or download the Mp3 to have it read to you!)
- Remember the first fruits by serving fruit first, like this fruit soup.
- Mimic the baskets of first fruits brought with stuffed peppers (interesting recipe – it’s pareve!)
- Stamp your fruit and vegetables
- Talk about how often we buy new clothes – especially relevant with school starting and Yomim Tovim, but do we ever wait 40 years?! (I wish I could get anywhere near that longevity, particularly for the knees of pants…)