We’re entering into the last of what is known to be three of the most negative weeks of the year, and so I’d first like to ask: How are you doing? If you’re going through a tough time, hang in there. It’s always darkest just before the dawn and things are soon to get better.
In this week’s portion of Devarim, Moses gathers all of the people together to admonish them; to remind them of the many instances in which they complained, lost their trust, worshipped false idols, and so on and so forth.
There are so many details describing how Moses spoke to the people, many of which we can take heed of in how to behave towards others. For instance, before Moses says anything, he inquires, “Did I take something from you? Did I hurt you?” because before we can tell someone what they need to change, we should first look within at what we need to change. Honestly there are so many beautiful aspects to this portion however, I think focusing on only one strengthens our ability to internalize the learning.