An excerpt from Values (D’varim, July 13, 2002)
…D’varim models what will become the regular practice of our religious experience – studying and interpreting Torah. The book of D’varim offers a discourse that formulates settled Jewish observance. It teaches Israelite history. It establishes study and observance as a community experience…. The parashah goes on to stress the importance of commitment to the laws and values that God has commanded – and that distinguish the community – while recognizing the roadblocks to maintaining strict adherence. And, Moshe tells us that this observant life is the result of life-long pursuit of knowledge and understanding….