VaYalech

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Deuteronomy 31:1-30
This week’s Portion, Vayelech (“and he went”) concludes the events of Moses’ last day of earthly life. “I am one hundred and twenty years old today,” he says to the people, “and I can no longer go forth and come in”….not because he is too old; but because God had forbidden him to enter The Land. He transfers the leadership to Joshua, and writes (or concludes writing) the Torah in a scroll which he entrusts to the Levites for safekeeping in the Ark of the Covenant.

Moses instructs the people to read the entire Torah every 7 years, during the festival of Sukkot of the first year of the shemitah cycle.  This is the same instruction (in Shoftim) for the king to read Torah.

Moses concludes with the prediction that the people of Israel will turn away from their covenant with God, causing Him to hide His face from them, but also with the promise that the words of the Torah “shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their descendants.”

 

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