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1-minute Lessons: Book of Deuteronomy by Rabbi Nachman Simon

One-minute audio lessons on special points from weekly Torah readings in the Book of Deuteronomy. Shared with permission from Rabbi Nachman Simon.



(1) Book of Deuteronomy – What is It?


(2) Deuteronomy 1:5. Moses Explained the Torah in All the 70 Languages


(3) Deuteronomy 1:16-17. Judges Must Make Just Judgments!




Deuteronomy 3:23-28. Moses pleaded with G-d to enter the Land of Israel, but a bigger reward was held in store for him.*

*Rashi on Deut. 3:26 – “[G-d said,] ‘It is much for you [Moses].’ [This implies,] much more than this is in store for you, the great goodness which is hidden away for you.”




(1) Deuteronomy 8:3. Not by Bread Alone Does Man Live


(2) Deuteronomy 8:12-17. Don’t Say, “I Did It All by Myself”!




(1) Deuteronomy 11:26-28. See Your Choice Clearly!


(2) Deuteronomy 11:26-28. Where are My Blessings?


(3) Deuteronomy 13:1-6

(a) Don’t Listen to False Prophets! (For our web page with this lesson, click here.)


(b) Don’t Believe in False Dreamers


(4) Deuteronomy 14:1. Children of G-d


(5) Deuteronomy ch. 16. There is make-up time granted for the short festival of Shavuos (the day when the 10 Commandments were spoken by G-d)




(1) Deuteronomy 16:18. Appoint Judges and Officers – Over Yourself!


(2) Deuteronomy 18:13. Serve G-d with Sincerity*

*Rashi explains: “Walk with Him in wholeheartedness. Look ahead to Him, and do not delve into the future. But rather, whatever comes upon you, accept with wholeheartedness, and then you will be with Him and of His portion.”


(3) Deuteronomy ch. 19. Torah Says don’t Sentence to Prison for Accidental Manslaughter


(4) Deuteronomy 19:8-9. The Boarders of Israel will Widen for More Cities of Refuge



Ki Seitzei:

(1) Deuteronomy 21:10. How to Win the War Against Your Evil Inclination


(2) Deuteronomy 22:8. Build a Fence Around Yourself


(3) Deuteronomy 23:25-16. Ahead of the Times with Workers’ Rights


(4) Deuteronomy 23:22-24. Keeping Your Word

Note: The reference to annulment only applies to certain types of vows and promises, if there is proper justification. For more information, CLICK HERE.


(5) Deuteronomy 24:1. Divorce in the Perspective of Torah.

Note: The details of the Torah laws relating to divorce are different for Gentiles and Jews. To read the Torah laws for Gentiles, in topics 10-12 of this excerpt from The Divine Code, Part VI, chapter 4, click here.



Ki Savo:

(1) Deuteronomy 26:1. When, not if, you will come into the land!


(2) Deuteronomy 27:8. “Write this Torah Plainly” – in the 70 Languages


(3) Deuteronomy 28.

(a) Turn Curses into Blessings


(b) Difficulties are Meant to Motivate a Person to Repentance


(c) When Curses Contain Hidden Blessings