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Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech: A Summary

Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech: A Summary

On the day of Moshe’s death he assembles the Jewish people and creates a covenant confirming the Jewish people as the Almighty’s Chosen People for all future generations. Moshe makes clear the consequences of rejecting God and His Torah as well as the possibility of repentance. He reiterates that Torah is readily available to everyone.

Nitzavim concludes with perhaps the clearest and most powerful statement in the Torah about the purpose of life and the existence of free-will: “I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil … the blessing and the curse. Therefore, choose life that you may live, you and your descendants.”

Vayelech begins with Moshe passing the torch of leadership to Yehoshua. Moshe then gives Yehoshua a command/blessing, which applies to every Jewish leader: “Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid or feel insecure before them. G-d your Lord is the One who is going with you, and He will not fail you nor forsake you.”
Moshe writes the entire Torah and gives it to the Cohanim and Elders. He then commands that in the future at the end of the Shmita (Sabbatical Year) the king should gather all the people during the Succot festival and read to them the Torah so “… that they will hear and learn and fear the Lord your God and be careful to perform all the words of the Torah.”

2020 Sandton Shul Batmitzvah Ceremony