The fifth and final book of the Torah is really about Moses telling the people about what they should and should not be doing. Moses knows he is going to soon die and so he gathers the people to tell them where they have been and sometimes where they are going. In this portion Moses tells the Jews that they will live in prosperity and have good health IF they follow the commandments.
He is telling the people that to trust in G-d is what will bring them through troubles. That the people should realize that everything they have comes from G-d and warns them not to get so caught up in their success that they forget who is responsible for their success.
Moses goes on to warn against having idols and those idols can take many forms. From images to money. He also reminds the people about how they rebelled against G-d while they were wandering those 40 years in the wilderness.
The Torah then answers a question so many of us ask, "What is it that G-d wants from us?". How many times have you asked or, perhaps, thought about that? While it may seem to be a complex question the answer is very simple, "Only that you remain in awe of G-d your Lord, so that you will follow all His paths and love Him, serving G-d your Lord with all your heart and with all your soul. You must keep G-d's commandments and decrees ... so that all good will be yours".
Our next Shabbat Service will be on Friday 17 August at 7:15 at the shul. Our Midrash (Torah Study) will be on Shabbat the 18th of August starting at 10am again at the shul.
May you have a peaceful and wonderful Shabbat this week and in all the weeks to come!