Portions Library

A collection of essays on the weekly Torah Portions, from Genesis to Deuteronomy, adapted from Torah Club.

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Watering our Souls

Moses compared the people of Israel to the grass and the Torah that he had taught them to life-giving water. Moses prayed that his teaching would be to Israel like rain and dew, which water the grass and vegetation: "Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, as the droplets on the fresh grass and as the showers on the herb" (Deuteronomy 32:2).

Spiritually Flabby

Moses foretold that when the children of Israel entered the land of Canaan, God would give them all the bounty of the land. Moses also predicted that Israel's success in the land would result in apathy toward God and a desire for materialism.

The Song of the Lamb

Why does the writer of the book of Revelation refer to the song of Moses as the "Song of the Lamb"? Because Messiah is the agent of the final redemption of which the song speaks. He is the vindicator of God's people about whom Moses prophesied in the song.

Heaven and Earth; Rain and Dew

Water exists in the heavens as vapor in the form of the clouds, but it is still, in its basic essence, water. As it descends as rain, it is still water. When it arrives on the earth and it pools in rivers and streams, it is still water. Water is the same in heaven and on earth.