Parshat Devarim: Reflecting on God’s love

“These are the things which Moses spoke to all Israel.” (Deuteronomy 1:1)

Though it is considered a repetition of the teachings and events mentioned in the previous four books of the Torah, Devarim emphasizes in how we conceive the Creator and how Israel must relate to Him. This is why it begins with Moses rebuking all Israel because the chosen people not only question God’s love, but also rebel against Him.

We said in previous commentaries that Moses and Aaron respectively represent our highest awareness of God and our permanent connection with Him. Moses is the conductor that leads us (Israel) to God’s ways and attributes, and teaches us to follow them and manifest them. Aaron makes us realize our unity and oneness with the Creator.

Moses communicates with our intellect, reasoning and understanding in order to make us know God’s ways and attributes. Aaron makes us experience that knowledge.

“Be of the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving the created beings, and bringing them near to the Torah.” (Pirkei Avot 1:12)

Moses leads us to the knowledge of the truth because he is the primordial teacher who speaks “mouth to mouth” with the Creator. We continuously remark that God’s love is the essence that sustains His creation, because everything emanates from Him and it is connected to Him. Being unaware of this truth, or rejecting it, is not only living in denial but living in the darkness of ego’s materialistic fantasies and illusions.

The next reflection deals with doubting the power of God’s love to conquer the lower passions and negative emotions in spite of His countless proofs and miracles.

“Yet in this thing you do not believe the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 1:32)

“Because the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand, He has known you walking through this great wilderness, these forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.” (2:7)

Moses rebukes all aspects of our consciousness and their expressions in order to make them aware of their mission in this world, which is to recognize the preeminence of love in our lives. Also the ways we relate with each other and with all creation. This rebuke is not intended as a reprimand but as an invitation to reflect on ego’s illusions in our quest to achieve a permanent connection with love’s ways and attributes.

Our leading awareness of love needs every single aspect of our consciousness to achieve this goal.

“(…) saying: ‘How can I myself alone bear your troubles, and your burden, and your strife?” (1:12)

Then the leader appoints the best traits and qualities to direct, to “judge” the lower aspects of consciousness “because the judgment is God’s” (1:17).

The portion ends reiterating that which is very clear to Moses our teacher.

“You shall not fear them because the Lord your God, He it is that fights for you.” (3:22)

When we doubt love — as the material manifestation of God’s love — and instead we believe in ego’s materialistic fantasies and illusions, the latter take over our consciousness. As we have said many times, with our choices we either separate or connect with love’s ways because God’s love never separates from us.

Love fights the darkness of ego’s agenda, and love always prevails. Devarim is Moses’ repeated invitation for us to be fully aware that God’s love is our Creator, our life, our source, and our sustenance. And also to experience the sublime awareness of love in who we are, and what we do.

About the Author
Ariel Ben Avraham was born in Colombia (1958) from a family with Sephardic ancestry. He studied Cultural Anthropology in Bogota, and lived twenty years in Chicago working as a radio and television producer and writer. He emigrated to Israel in 2004, and for the last fourteen years has been studying the Chassidic mystic tradition, about which he writes and teaches. Based on his studies, he wrote his first book "God's Love" in 2009. He currently lives in Kochav Yaakov.
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