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    As fresh as tomorrow – Ekev

    Ekev ends with the well known passage which we traditionally call the second paragraph of the Shema. It speaks about keeping the commandments which God gives us “this day” (Deut. 11:13).

    Following the Sifrei, a much earlier midrashic work, Rashi says that we must be so eager to keep the commandments that we regard them as “as fresh as tomorrow”, though both he and the Torah speak of “today”, not “tomorrow”.

    To this well known interpretation we can add the following observation. Whatever “today” brings, whatever the unique circumstances and challenges of “today”, we must find a message in the teachings of the Torah.

    What “today” represents we can find guidance in the Torah tradition.

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