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Dvar Torah David Arias

Until this past Shabbat, Jews in Israel and Jews in the Diaspora have been reading different Torah portions. Since second day Yom Tov of Pesach, celebrated only in the Diaspora, we have had different Torah readings. However, rest assured; we will once again be reading the same Torah portion, this coming Shabbat, Shabbat Hazon, Parashat Dvarim.  This unique Shabbat received its name from the Haftarah, the final one of the "tlat de-pur`anuta", the special haftarot we read during the "Three Weeks" which start on the 17th of Tammuz and end on the 9th of Av.  We always read Parashat Dvarim on Shabbat Hazon, among other reasons, because of the verse spoken by Moshe:

״אֵיכָה אֶשָּׂא לְבַדִּי טָרְחֲכֶם וּמַשַּׂאֲכֶם וְרִיבְכֶם״ – "How can I bear unaided the trouble of you, and the burden, and the bickering!" In some Ashkenazi communities this verse is read in the tune of the Book of Lamentations.

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