The book of Deuteronomy opens with Moses’ rebuke of Israel: strong, yet couched in subtle and gentle terminology, in order to spare Israel embarrassment or discomfort, yet nevertheless impart an important teaching for the nation. Always read on the first Shabbat of the month of Menachem Av, (literally the “comforting father”), Moses’ words reflect the essence of the month of Av, a month of stern rebuke for Israel, but also a month which offers loving compassion and comfort for Israel by G-d.
Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22)
Parashat Devarim is read on Shabbat:
Av 6, 5771/August 6, 2011