Start of Year 5783: Last Two Parshiot of the Torah, On Doing Better

    This week we’ll hear Parashat VaYelech, and then Ha’azinu, at the end of the Torah.

These last two parshiot of the Torah essentially are the founding leader handing over the mantle to his protege, while telling the people that they will certainly fail, but that they could Do Better.  If only they wanted to.

Project Do Better is founded on the idea that by building empathy while educating around community mutual aid and public infrastructure, we can build a world that does indeed Do Better, starting right now.

I look forward to hearing your opinions on this matter, Thoughtful Readers.

We can really  Do Better. -Shira

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5 thoughts on “Start of Year 5783: Last Two Parshiot of the Torah, On Doing Better

  1. If we accept that Deuteronomy, with its layers of authorship, comes from closer to the time of Josiah than of Moses, we acknowledge that we read hindsight retrojected onto Moses, as well as encouragement to do better going forward. The depressing part is that the fall of the Kingdom of Judah tells us that the message to do better did not take hold at the later period either.

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    1. True, the Deuteronomist was far later (the last, apparently, in the Documentary Hypothesis list, of P, E, J, and Deut, if I recall correctly), so quite a bit of hindsight, but the southern kingdom’s fall was essentially part of a larger set of manipulations between the great empires, Babylonian and Egyptian. The area of The Coastal Highway, as the Philistines called it, was always a buffer zone between Egypt and the Near Eastern empires, so any kingdom was going to have constant problems unless it was a client state.

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