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Parashat Va'Etchanan 5781: One Love
This week’s Torah portion of Va’Etchanan coincides with the ‘Sabbath of Consolation’ as well as this Shabbat being ‘Tu B’Av,’ the ancient Israelite holiday of the 15th of Av. The double identity of this special Sabbath conveys a message of the revelation of Divine love, and indeed in this week’s portion we are commanded ‘And you shall love Hashem your G-d with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.’ But how do we go about loving G-d? How could Torah command us concerning what we should be feeling? And how do we get to know G-d well enough to love Him? What does it really mean to love Him with all our heart, soul, and might?
The Torah portion of Va'Etchanan (Deuteronomy 3: 23 - 7 : 11) is read on Shabbat Nachamu - the 'Sabbath of Consolation' - Menachem Av 15, 5780 (Tu B'Av) - July 24, 2021