Pearls of Rashi: Parshas Devorim I

The Rebbe Teaches Rashi

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This week’s Torah portion, Devorim, is always read on the Shabbos immediately preceding the fast of Tisha B’Av. The holy Sheloh teaches that the weekly Torah portion is always connected to the time of the year it is read[1]. Based on this, there must be a connection between Parshas Devorim and Tisha B’Av. We must understand the relationship between the Parshah of Devorim and our (all too) long exile.

Rashi tells us at the very beginning of our Torah portion that even at the same time that Hashem is rebuking the Jews, He is also concerned with their honor. Rashi cites the words from the first verse of our Parshah, “These are the words.”[2] He comments, “these are words of rebuke, and Moshe lists all of the places where the Jews angered Hashem. Therefore, the Torah does not explicitly mention their…

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