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Va'etchanan | ואתחנן | "I pleaded "
- Deuteronomy 3:23 | Moses Views Canaan from Pisgah
- Deuteronomy 4:1 | Moses Commands Obedience
- Deuteronomy 4:41 | Cities of Refuge East of the Jordan
- Deuteronomy 4:44 | Transition to the Second Address
- Deuteronomy 5:1 | The Ten Commandments
- Deuteronomy 5:22 | Moses the Mediator of God's Will
- Deuteronomy 6:1 | The Great Commandment
- Deuteronomy 6:10 | Caution against Disobedience
- Deuteronomy 7:1 | A Chosen People
- Isaiah 40:1 | God's People Are Comforted
The forty-fifth reading from the Torah and the second reading from the book of Deuteronomy is named Va’etchanan (ואתחנן), which means “and I besought.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “I also pleaded (va’etchanan) with the LORD at that time” (Deuteronomy 3:23). The portion completes the historical prologue of the Deuteronomy covenant document and begins a rehearsal of the stipulations. Part of that rehearsal is a repetition of the Ten Commandments and the famous first passage of the Shema: Deuteronomy 6:4–9.