Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Vaetchanan


the-ten-wordsThis week we are studying the Torah portion Vaetchanan, which reiterates the Ten Commandments that were given at Mount Sinai.

You may decide to read this double portion in one sitting, or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 3:23-4:4 (11 p’sukim)

2: 4:5-40 (36 p’sukim)

3: 4:41-49 (9 p’sukim)

4: 5:1-18 (18 p’sukim)

5: 5:19-6:3 (15 p’sukim)

6: 6:4-25 (22 p’sukim)

7: 7:1-11 (11 p’sukim)

In addition to the Torah portion, the haftarah portion is Isaiah 40:1 – 40:26.

The accompanying psalms to be read on Shabbat for this week’s double portion is 90.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Devarim by Dr. Hollisa Alewine


The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we are going back to the middot (attributes) of anava and ga’avah or arrogance. You may remember we focused on these back in March. As we enter the season of repentance leading up to the High Holidays, it is important to reevaluate ourselves, so that we come to those days with a proper attitude.

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Anava (Humility). Under the virtue, write out the suggested practices (courtesy of Riverton Mussar) listed below. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life.

  • In a conversation, focus intently on what the other person is saying and not on what you will say next.
  • Practice active listening, and talk less.
  • Prefer someone’s needs over yours.
  • When someone says something that does not agree with your opinion, hold your tongue, and let it go.

You might also benefit from these teachings:


The fear of the LORD is what wisdom teaches, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:8

Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. Proverbs 18:12

The result of humility is fear of the LORD, along with wealth, honor, and life. Proverbs 22:4

Blessings and Shalom for a good week,