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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, October 24, 2017


This weeks parsha is one of the richest, for within it are to be found the pillars of our Judaism – the Ten Commandments, Shema Yisrael, the Art of Prayer, Prophecy, and teachings that guarantee our Jewish survival. Just by reviewing this portion, we can gain an enormous insight into the essence of our faith. In the opening of the parsha (Deut. 4:1), Moshe Rabbenu prays to G-d, but the expression used for prayer is most unusual - “V’eschanan”, which is derived from the word “to find favor” and means that even if one is undeserving, nevertheless, G-d should answer and grant his request as a free gift. It is difficult to understand why Moshe Rabbenu, the greatest of men, would have to resort to such a form of prayer. 

Certainly Moshe, more

This week we begin the Sefer {Book} of Devarim {Deuteronomy}. “Aileh haDevarim asher debair Moshe el kol Yisroel {These are the things that Moshe told to all of Israel}.[1:1]”

The Ramban explains that in Devarim, also known as Mishne Torah, many of the mitzvos that Moshe had taught earlier to the generation that left Mitzrayim {Egypt} are now repeated (the root of ‘mishne’ is sheni–repeated) to the generation that will be entering Eretz Yisroel {the Land of Israel}. Some are repeated in order

This is the matter that the LORD has commanded concerning the daughters of Tzelofhad, saying: Let them be married to whom they think best… Just as the LORD commanded Moses, so did the daughters of Zelophehad” [Num. 36:6,10].

What can we do to transmit a love of the Land of Israel to the next generation? The Book of Numbers, by concluding with the case involving the five daughters of Tzelofhad, touches on this very issue. These women – Machla, Noa, Hogla, Milca and Tirza – moved all the way up

The Shabbos preceding Tisha B’Av is called Shabbos Chazon. It draws its name from the first word of the haftorah which contains Isaiah’s rebuke of the Jewish people: “I raised and nurtured children, but they betrayed me. An ox knows its keeper, a donkey the hand that feeds it, but Israel does not know - My people do not perceive.” But the prophet also shows us the way to return to G-d and to start a new life: “Cleanse yourselves, purify yourselves...desist from doing evil...learn to do well


In this week’s parsha, we are reminded of the timeless values which have distinguished our people throughout the centuries. As the parsha opens, Moshe commands the leaders of the tribes, and through them, the entire nation regarding the sanctity of vows and the tragic consequences of not keeping one’s word, which the Torah regards as a desecration (Numbers 30:3).

Our entire faith is linked to the sanctity of speech. It is through speech that we committed