Of Torah’s five books …
We finally get to one …
That is “of Moses” —
Torah is commonly referred to as “The Five Books Of Moses”. But are they all really “of Moses”? There are plenty of places in Torah where God instructs Moses to write down what God is telling him. That makes them, in one sense, the books “of Moses.” But there’s another way of describing the first four books:
Genesis / Bereshit – The Book Of Creation
Exodus / Shemot – The Book Of Freedom
Leviticus / Vayikra – The Book Of Priests
Numbers / Bamidbar – The Book Of Wandering
This week we begin the fifth book, Deuteronomy (D’varim), in which Moses tells his own version of the stories that were originally recorded in the previous four books – although mostly Exodus and Numbers.
It could be said that Deuteronomy is the only book “of Moses”.
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The Torah In Haiku
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