If You Do…and If You Don’t…

Deuteronomy 11:13-25

This final passage of our portion of the week deals with the concept of crime and punishment. Simply put, if the people hearken to God’s words, He will provide rain in its season and bounty in the fields. However, if the people allow their hearts to lead them astray, He will become angry with them and stop the rains and thus the growth of the fields. The people will quickly perish from the land under such circumstances.


So that they never forget, God orders that these words be taken to heart and worn between their eyes and on their arms. He tells them, too, to teach it to their children and to write it on their doorposts.


If the people do these things and follow in God’s ways, then no man will be able to stand in their way and God will grant them all the blessings He has promised.


Virtual Classroom Discussion

This passage bears a striking resemblance to the first passage of the Shema prayer mentioned in last week’s portion. In fact, it makes up the second paragraph of the prayer as recited daily and as included in both the phylacteries and the mezzuzah placed on Jewish doorways. What do you think this passage comes to add to the first one (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)?

Comments ( 6 )

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  • This passage gives a clear view to the choises our people have
    if you do…….—>bounty, blessings, His Presence.
    If you don't……..—> famine, enemies, diaspora (galut)
    Also a hint to the education and training of their descendents (children) to keep up the right attitude, to stay committed to their G-d. (by those things that are visible such as mezzuzah, phylacteries and the recitement of prayers and Shma, )

  • I think this passage adds the blessings for obedience to the Shema.

  • Magda

    This passage comes to add the consequences of shema-ing or not. It expands on the blessings and curses for Israel in obeying (or curses if disregarding) all the mitzvot and devarim God gave Moses, whereas Deut 6:4 – 9 (as in this passage) tells us how to obey God in everything we do and wherever we go – our whole lives.

  • Diana Brown

    Adonai speaks to man, is faithful to His Covenants. No other god can do that.
    Life can only come from the Creator God and mankind who surrenders his freewill to the purpose for which he is created. Freewill decisions are recorded in history….each one of us is a vessel for noble use or for the fire as the prophet Daniel proclaimed.

    • Diana Brown

      The Lord thy God chose to love us before our appearance upon the earth. We can choose to love Him or not. Choose wisely. We are all in this together! That is what Moses taught us.

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