Deuteronomy 2:9 Adonai said to me: Do not harass Moab, do not stir yourself up against them in war, for I will not give you any of their land as a possession, for to the Descendants of Lot I have given Ar as a possession.
This week we begin to read Deuteronomy, the summary of Moses’ words to the Israelites before they entered the Land of Israel.
In the verse above, we see that God claimed a bond with the People of Moab, the Descendants of Lot, and in other places the Descendants of Esau (see Deuteronomy 2:4-5).
We often hear Torah speaking only about the special relationship between God and the Jewish People. Yet, our scripture’s theology makes it quite clear that everyone has a place in the world, and that God can and does have special relationships with all peoples.
We are equal in our uniqueness, and as our later prophets emphatically state, our God is everyone’s God too. Wishing everyone a mid-summer of ease and opportunities to connect with lots of different people,
Rabbi Freirich serves as Rabbi at Temple Beth Zion