23 Av 5778
3rd August 2018
In this week's parshah, Moses continued his last speech to the People of Israel. He said that if the Jews keep to the Torah's commandments, they would be rich and satisfied in the Land of Israel. Moses criticised the people for the sins they had committed over their forty years in the desert: the sin of the Golden Calf; Korach's rebellion, the sin of the spies who spoke badly of Israel, and other sins. Then he told them of G‑d's forgiveness, and reminded them of the second tablets they had received after their repentance.
Moses then spoke about the Land of Israel, which the Jews were about to enter. He said it was G‑d's chosen land, flowing with milk and honey, and blessed with "seven kinds" of fruit and grain: Wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranate, olives and honey dates. He commanded them to destroy any idols in the land, and to always remember that the good they have comes from G‑d.
The final thing in the Parshah is the second chapter of the Shema, which talks about the rewards for doing mitzvot and the punishments for not doing them.
Parsha summary adapted from Chabad.org
The weekly mitzvot are adapted from the JCP Primary Parashat Hashavua Curriculum, and form the basis of the school's PSHE curriculum for all pupils.