There is a mitzvah to read the parsha of the week in preparation for every Shabbat - the Hebrew of each verse twice, and a translation or commentary of that verse once. I understand that the translation/commentary is necessary to increase (or simply achieve) understanding of the verse, but why do we need to repeat the verse?

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    related (duplicate?) judaism.stackexchange.com/q/8202
    – Fred
    Commented May 28, 2013 at 19:26
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    @Fred That looks like a duplicate to me.
    – Double AA
    Commented May 28, 2013 at 19:27
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    @Fred Might be a duplicate of that one.
    – Daniel
    Commented May 28, 2013 at 19:27
  • @DoubleAA and Daniel: Yeah, the other question includes this one, and the answers there seem to answer this.
    – Fred
    Commented May 28, 2013 at 19:29
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    @MichaelSandler, nothing to be sorry about. Now we have a different expression of the question, so people googling for this question are more likely to find it.
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented May 28, 2013 at 19:30

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My son asked me this question. I told him I don't know but my guess is that VeSheenantam which refers to Torah has a root that would perhaps suggest Shnayim - Two.

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