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Torah Talk for Parashat Devarim

August 10, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Moshe recounts to the Bnei Yisrael different episodes from the 40 years in the wilderness; he gives them encouragement as they look ahead to their upcoming conquest of the land of Cana’an.

One of the episodes Moshe recounts is the defeat of Og, King of the Bashan. The original story occurs in Bemidbar (Numbers) chapter 21, and is quite simple. Og goes out to meet the Bnei Yisrael with his armies; Hashem tells Moshe not to fear him; and the Israelites rout Og and his men. However, when Moshe retells the story in this week’s parasha, new details emerge. Read more >