2) In this week's portion we learn that Moses prophesied the future. "The people will worship idols and be sent away from the Holy Land and scattered all over the world, but then they will feel bad for what they did and return to G‑d and keep His laws."
3) The rabbi said something interesting today. He said that the Torah was given to the Jewish people all at once, rather than one person, because the experience of an individual is subjective and also can be faked.
4) He talked about how God approached all the other nations of the world to offer them the Torah, and each one said no, because they wanted to keep their respective lifestyles.
5) And then God came to the Jews, and the Jews said immediately "we will do and we will hear," meaning "we will do it, even if we don't really understand it or want to do it." -- this was the rabbi's explanation.
But then a question came up...that threw a monkey wrench out.
6) The statement "we will do and we will hear" is in Exodus 24:7.
But it is followed by another statement in the text which indicates a different reaction.
26) It is interesting that Moses' prophesy came true, and the Jews -- who did get the Torah, a great privilege -- mostly turned away from God in modern times.
Jews are some of the most rabid anti-semites you will ever meet.
And worse, they claim their version is morality.
27) This is why, in this portion, Moses literally repeats the basics.
The 10 Commandments The Shema prayer, which says that God is One The commandment to love God and study Torah And to literally write the words in prayer boxes (tefillin) we wrap on our arms And on our doors
28) Unfortunately none of this matters - the people go on to sin just as described.
But there is a good side, and that is that many in the world have come to embrace God.
29) In ways that we do not yet understand, God is gathering the exiles in - meaning He is healing the disconnect that many people experience spiritually.
The supplemental reading tells us about the end of the exile.