Health, Nutrition & Torah: Vâetchanan

| July 21, 2010

The Text:

6:10-12 When you Eternal God brings you into the land that was sworn to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to be assigned to you—great and flourishing cities that you did not build, houses full of all good things that you did not fill, hewn cisterns that you did not hew, vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant—and you eat your fill, take heed that you do not forget The Eternal who freed you from the land of Egypt, the house of bondage.

The Context:

Moses pleads again with God to enter the Land of Israel but is refused.  There is caution against idolatry and an establishment of the cities of refuge for those who commit unintentional homicide.  The Shema is found in this Torah portion.

What it Means for Advocates:

How do we show our gratitude for what we have?  Write a letter to your congresspeople and senators  and thank them for doing important work when they articulate a position that aligns with your values.  Everyone likes to know they are doing a good job, and this habit of emailing, faxing, phoning or writing your representatives will make it even easier next time when you ask them to take a stand!

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