Parshat Va’etchanan: How Do We Manage The Influences Around Us?

Parshat Va’etchanan: How Do We Manage The Influences Around Us?

Daniel Loewenstein

Daniel Loewenstein

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In Parshat Va’etchanan, the Israelites are forbidden from intermarrying with the Canaanite nations when they enter the land of Israel. While the rationale for this commandment may seem straightforward, its language echoes another story of a foreign nation, namely the story of the brutal mistreatment of Dina in Genesis. What do the Canaanites and Shechem have in common? Join Daniel Loewenstein and Beth Lesch as they re-examine these two narratives and explore the Torah’s understanding of how to both work with and manage the values of the foreign nations around us today -- and never think about Parshat Va’etchanan the same way again.