Summary of Parshat Eikev
Parshat Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) begins as Moses continues to encourage the Children of Israel to trust in Hashem and in the wonderful rewards which He will provide them if they keep the Torah. Moses assures them that they will successfully defeat the nations of Canaan, at which point they must remove every vestige of idol worship remaining in the Holy Land. Moses reminds them about the miraculous manna and the other wonders which Hashem provided for them throughout the past forty years, and he warns the Jewish people to beware of the pitfalls of their own future prosperity and military prowess which might cause them to forget Hashem. He further reminds them of their transgressions in the desert, retelling the story of the golden calf at length, and describing Hashem's abundant mercy with them. Moses stresses that the generation of the desert had a special responsibility to remain loyal to the mitzvot because of the many miracles which they had personally experienced. After detailing the many virtues of the Promised Land, Moses teaches the people the second paragraph of the Shema prayer which stresses the fundamental doctrine of reward and punishment based upon our performance of the mitzvot. The Torah portion concludes with Hashem's promise that He will provide the Jewish people with protection if they observe the laws of the Torah.
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