Nitzavim - Vayeilech

נִצָּבִים - וַיֵּלֶךְ
You Stand [This Day] / [Moses] Went

When Is Nitzavim - Vayeilech Read?

/ 23 Elul 5783
/ 25 Elul 5784

Summary

  • Moses tells the assembled people that God's covenant speaks to them and to all of the generations who will follow. (29:9–14)
  • God warns the Israelites that they will be punished if they act idolatrously, the way the inhabitants of the other nations do. (29:15–28)
  • Moses reassures the people that God will not forsake them and that they can attain blessings by following God's commandments. (30:1–20)
  • Moses prepares the people for his death and announces that Joshua will succeed him. (31:1–8)
  • Moses instructs the priests and the elders regarding the importance of reading the Torah. (31:9–13)
  • God informs Moses that upon his death, the people will commit idolatry and "many evils and troubles shall befall them." God tells Moses to teach the people a poem that will "be My witness." (31:14–30)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Nitzavim - Vayeilech Commentary

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Facing Mortality and Choosing Life

By: Rabbi Max Chaiken

You stand this day, all of you, before the Eternal your God – you tribal heads, you elders, and you officials, all the men of Israel, you children, you women, even the stranger within your camp, from wood chopper to water drawer – to enter into the covenant of the Eternal your God, which the Eternal...

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