55 Vayelech

וַיֵּלֶךְ משֶׁה וַיְדַבֵּר אֶת־הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה אֶל־כָּל־יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃

Moshe went and spoke the following words to all Israel:

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

October 1st,2022

Vayelech “Will walk”

Deut. 31:1-30

Hosea 14:2-10

Romans 10:1-17

Moses’s action of went (in Hebrew vayelech-Deut. 31:1) tells a different story. We  understand Moses went(IN Hebrew vayelech Moshe) to mean that Moses awakened to it. This awakening connotes self-drive. While Abraham responded to God’s call with a leap of faith, Moses was motivated from within. Abraham’s journey began without a clear sense of what was to unfold. With Moses, we encounter a leader inspired by a clarity of purpose and mission honed through his relationship with both God and his people.  Why we see that the Parasha begin with the verb of movement? At this moment, as Israel prepares for their long-awaited entrance into the Promised Land. Moses must undergo an emotional journey, moving past lingering feelings of sadness or bitterness to effect a smooth transition of power and give the people the strength and confidence to continue their journey.

Moses called Joshua and said to him before the eyes of all Israel, “Be steadfast and strong, for you are to go with this people to the land that God swore to their fathers to give to them. Moses inside the tent of meeting, Moses received a prophecy from God. In this prophecy, God told Moses that the children of Israel will stray from the path of the Torah, and that all the evils and curses described in the previous Parashot will occur. Also found in this week’s reading is the Song of Moses. After he wrote it, he gathered all the children of Israel together to hear it. This poem is both a prophecy as well as a reminder of what will happen in the future; we will read it in next week’s Torah portion.

At the end God gave Joshua his duty and said, “Be steadfast and strong! For you are to bring the children of Israel to the land that I have sworn to them, and I will be with you.”