This portion is called Re'eh and it means 'see'. Up to this point, I saw that God in the OT wants us to be careful not to follow other gods. All the laws and regulations are to protect the children of Israel. God wants us to come to Him.
I read in a commentary that the book of Leviticus covers only one month, but Numbers stretches over almost thirty-nine years. Deuteronomy covers the end of the forty-year period in the wilderness right before the new generation was on the verge of entering the land of promise.
(edited from 8/31/2008)