This week’s Torah portion is Ki Tavo – Deut. 26:1-29:8. When we hear the word “Torah many of us first think of the “Five Books of Moses”… the first five books of the Bible. The Hebrew word Torah translates to “Teaching,” and is used prominently in this week’s portion as it describes a ceremony that Moses and the elders of Israel instructed the people to do when they entered the Promised Land. They were to set up large stones,coat them with plaster, and clearly inscribe upon them all the words of this Teaching, so that future generations may be able to see them and learn the Teaching for themselves. (from Deut. 27:1-8)
The text implies that this Teaching is everlasting — it is inscribed in stone! This Teaching will always be available for each subsequent generation to see, to hear, to learn, and to understand. That is the everlasting nature of Torah. And that is the nature of our ever-renewing understanding of Torah.