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Reading the Bible Very Slowly : Devarim, דְּבָרִים (Words), Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22

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Devarim, D’varim, or Debarim (דְּבָרִים — Hebrew for “words,” the second word, and the first distinctive word, in the parashah) is the 44th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the first in the book of Deuteronomy. It constitutes Deuteronomy 1:1–3:22. The parashah is made up of 5,972 Hebrew letters, 1,548 Hebrew words, and 105 verses, and can occupy about 197 lines in a Torah Scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, Sefer Torah).[1]

Jews generally read it in July or August. It is always read on Shabbat Chazon, the Sabbath directly before Tisha B'Av.

The parashah recounts how Moses appointed chiefs, the episode of the Twelve Spies, encounters with the Edomites and Ammonites, the conquest of Sihon and Og, and the assignment of land for the tribes of ReubenGad, and Manasseh.

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Monday, July 28, 2014 - 17:00
Black Spring Coffee Company -- 2930 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland more
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