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Recommended for ages 9+


This week’s parsha is a sea of reeds, literally! Take the Shema and beatbox it through a harmonica…that’s how Yuri Lane kicks off Parshat Va’etchanan, which teaches us how to love God with all our hearts and all our souls.

His harmonica is a groovy background to Rachel Havrelock’s telling of the whole story of how Moses passes along some serious information to Joshua, who’s gonna pick up the torch, er, staff, when Moses dies.


Gratitude for Parshat Va’etchanan

Each week, a different storyteller – some musical, some poetic, some just straight-up, tell the story of the current weekly Torah portion…and then we animate it! This particular Parashat haShavua (פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ or “weekly Torah portion”) video is Parshat Va’etchanan (וָאֶתְחַנַּן — Hebrew for “and I pleaded,”) Episode 45 from Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11.

Jewish interpretation is often very specific. There are a myriad of Jewish subcultures and people, and the interpretations in this series explores the array of thoughts that our diverse set of storytellers and contributors have on Torah. To see more of the videos in this series, please take a look at our collection here on our site.

A very special thank you to each of the writers, narrators, producers, directors, sound engineers, musicians, educational advisors, artists and animators that contributed to this particular animated interpretation of Parshat Va’etchanan including Tim Cosgrove, Nick Fox-Gieg, Liesje Kraai, Sarah Lefton, Matthue Roth, Rachel Havrelock and Yuri Lane. Additional thanks to all of our generous funders that contributed to the G‑dcast Parashat haShavua animated series.

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