Imagine you had 33 chapters to cement your legacy. How would you want people to remember you? What messages would you like to leave behind?
The Book of Deuteronomy is Moses’ legacy. It is a repetition of events that already occurred as he remembers them years later. While it is known as Mishneh Torah, a repetition of the Torah, Moses puts his own spin on past events, from the sending of spies to why he was not allowed to enter the Land of Israel.
I have led exercises both on writing a spiritual autobiography and on doing an ethical will. I believe it is important to do these sooner rather than later in order for future generations to understand who we are, what we value and what we’ve desired to contribute to the world. The Book of Deuteronomy is Moses cementing his legacy. As we read through it, may we find things which resonate with us and can help us in crafting our own spiritual autobiography and/or ethical will.