#45 Parashah “Va’etchanan” with Torah and Haftarah Video Studies

Teaching For Shabbat of July 29th, 2023
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Torah: Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11
HaftarahIsaiah 40:1-26

Va’etchanan (וָאֶתְחַנַּן‎)— Hebrew for “and I pleaded,” the first word in the parashah and is the 45th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה‎, parashah) in the annual cycle of Torah reading and the second in the Book of Deuteronomy. It covers Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11

Torah Parsha Va’et’chanan Summary

Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11

Moses tells the people of Israel how he implored God to allow him to enter the Land of Israel, but God refused, instructing him instead to ascend a mountain and see the Promised Land.

Continuing his “review of the Torah,” Moses describes the Exodus from Egypt and the Giving of the Torah, declaring them unprecedented events in human history. “Has there ever occurred this great thing, or has the likes of it ever been heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire . . . and live? . . . You were shown, to know, that the L‑rd is God . . . there is none else beside Him.”

Moses predicts that in future generations the people will turn away from God, worship idols, and be exiled from their land and scattered amongst the nations; but from there they will seek God, and return to obey His commandments.

Our Parshah also includes a repetition of the Ten Commandments, and the verses of the Shema, which declare the fundamentals of the Jewish faith:  the unity of God (“Hear O Israel: the L‑rd our God, the L‑rd is one”); the mitzvot to love God, to study His Torah, and to bind “these words” as tefillin on our arms and heads, and inscribe them in the mezuzot affixed on the doorposts of our homes.

In the Shema, there is an interesting anomaly of an enlarged ayin and dalet at the beginning and at the end of the Shema in the words shema and echad respectively in Deut 6:4

Hear O Israel the Lord is our God, the Lord is one

Deut. 6:4
shema enlarged letters

ע – Ayin is the eye, meaning “something to see”
ד – Dalet is a door, meaning “something to enter into to”

Ayin and Dalet together spell the word עד meaning “witness”!

  As we “enter” the covenant, others “see” us, and we become a “witness”!

Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. ” – Isaiah 43:10

Torah Teacher Isaac’s PaRDeS whiteboard Breakdown:

Va'etchanan whiteboard

The Relationship Process seen in Deuteronomy 4,5 & 6…


For further Torah study on parashah “Va’et’chanan”, please enjoy the latest illustrated Dvar Torah video teaching below… Listen and learn from Rabbi Isaac as he takes your understanding to an even deeper level!  Enjoy and be blessed!



For a simple cartoon summary of the Torah parashot for your children we recommend the following video below:

Haftarah Parallel Reading from the Prophets:

Isaiah 40:1–26

This week’s haftorah is the first of a series of seven “haftarot of Consolation.” These seven haftarot commence on the Shabbat following Tisha B’Av and continue until Rosh Hashanah.

This section of Isaiah begins with God’s exhortation to the prophets: “Console, O console My people . . . Announce to Jerusalem that her period of exile has been fulfilled and that her sins have been forgiven.”

Isaiah’s prophecy describes some of the miraculous events that will unfold with the onset of the messianic era, such as the return of the exiles to Jerusalem, the revelation of God’s glory, and the rewards and retribution that will then be meted out.

The prophet then goes on to comfort the people, describing God’s power and might, and reassuring them of His care for His people.

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Torah Parashah teaching with video and audio and illustrations by Rabbi Isaac. ©Assembly of Called-Out Believers. Use by Permission.



  1. The Lord led me to your sight. He is so merciful. Thank you for making this teaching of God’s love available. I recognize how I’ve been more controlled by fear and not by his love. “Love is the true motivator”. I live in Stanwood Wa and have been looking for a Messianic fellowship. I hope to stop in when I come to Wenatchee. MARANATHA. Shalom

    • Shalom v’brachot dear sister! Thank you for your comment! We welcome you as a part of the family any time you can make it! We wish you blessings and much Ahavah always and hope to meet you soon!

  2. Blessed is Our Father ,Creator and King of All. Your teaching is bringing me closer to Him.
    I am hoping you have books that detail the lessons you present. I learn best from reading and writing down what I have heard. Thank you.

  3. Shalom rabbi isaak,
    This is the time i found this smart web, this is the best teaching that i’m dreaming of. I’m john and i live in indonesia. May God our Father blees you with all wisdom.

  4. 2009 in Nepal, when I was sharing with a Tibetan Buddhist monk, I asked him “in all your years of meditation have you have heard the audible voice of your god?” He said “no”. I replied My God speaks to me and sometimes I hear His voice audibly. from that time on he attends a small Tibetan house church not to discussed and argued but to learn the word of the True God.

    Just sharing as I was reminded when you were teaching Deuteronomy 4:32-34, esp. v.33

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