Our parasha is called Vaetchanan, which means And I pleaded…for it tells of Moshe pleading with God. To explain the word Vaetchanan, Rashi offers two interpretations. First he connects it to the word hinam, free. Moses was telling God that he deserved nothing and so he was asking for a “free gift.” And then, working off a Midrash, Rashi adds that Vaetchanan is one of ten different words for prayer. These two explanations are connected, although there are many types of prayer, Rashi is teaching us that it is best to pray from a place of humility, knowing that whatever God gives us is a “free gift” – this was how our teacher Moses approached prayer.