Moshe makes his case! In this parsha we see Moshe deliver the most critical aspects of his message–the foundational Ten Commandments are given once more and one of the oldest prayers in the world, the Shema, is said for the first time. And yet, as great as these events are, Moshe must also deal with crushing disappointment as Abba YHWH confirms–in no uncertain terms–that Moshe will in fact die today and never enter the Promised Land! With impending doom on the one hand and the seeds for final rebellion and disaster on the other, Moshe’s hopes turn to the one man who might secure Israel’s future: Joshua. And so a nation of 2 million stand on the brink…waiting.