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Eikev: Sweat the Small Stuff

Last week’s Parsha concluded with Moshe outlining what will happen when Klal Yisrael enter the Land of Israel and face the nations living there. Moshe beautifully explained that Hashem chose the Jewish people because He loves us, and it is for this reason that Hashem will fight for Bnei Yisrael and ensure their safe and swift conquering of the land that He promised to our forefathers. On the heels (pun intended) of this declaration, Moshe begins this week’s Torah portion with a promise and a warning. “V’haya eikev tishmi’un es ha’mishpatim ha’eileh… v’ahavcha, u’beirachecha, v’hirbicha” - “and it will be because you listened to these commandments… and God will love you, and bless you, and make you multiply” (Devarim 7:12).