“SHA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA live for today…” I grew up hearing that 1967 song by The Grass Roots many times. I fell asleep to it at night and it was our mantra during the day. We hung up colorful posters with phrases like “Today is the first day of the rest of your life” and we thought we got it.

The book of Deuteronomy, replete with what seem to be reruns of previous stories and reiterations of laws and directives, is interestingly also deeply concerned with what happens today. Our history must be preserved, thus the retelling of common themes and narratives.

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