Last Week's Portion
Ekev | עקב | "Consequence "
- Deuteronomy 7:12 | Blessings for Obedience
- Deuteronomy 8:1 | A Warning Not to Forget God in Prosperity
- Deuteronomy 9:1 | The Consequences of Rebelling against God
- Deuteronomy 10:1 | The Second Pair of Tablets
- Deuteronomy 10:12 | The Essence of the Law
- Deuteronomy 11:1 | Rewards for Obedience
- Isaiah 49:8 | Zion's Children to Be Brought Home
- Isaiah 50:4 | The Servant's Humiliation and Vindication
- Isaiah 51:1 | Blessings in Store for God's People
The forty-sixth reading from the Torah and the third reading from the book of Deuteronomy is named Ekev (עקב), a word from the first verse of the portion. Deuteronomy 7:12 says, “Then it shall come about, because (ekev, עקב) you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you His covenant and His lovingkindness which He swore to your forefathers.” Usually the word ekev means “heel.” In fact, this word shares the same three-letter root as the name Jacob (Yaakov, יעקב), whose name actually means “heel.” He was born holding on to Esau’s heel. However, in Deuteronomy 7:12, the word ekev means “on the heels of” or “because of.” This portion of Deuteronomy speaks of the rewards that will come to Israel on the heels of keeping God’s covenant and commandments.
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