[Moses] Went

Deuteronomy 31:1–30

When Is Vayeilech Read?

/ 5 Tishri 5782
/ 6 Tishri 5783
/ 5 Tishri 5786


  • 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: Vayeilech Commentary

Torrah and Kippah

Going Out and Coming In: Transitions of Leadership

By: Cantor Elizabeth Sacks

In our High Holiday machzor, we read a poem entitled, “The Sacred Pilgrimage,” by Rabbi Alvin Fine: "Birth is a beginning and death a destination. But life is a journey ..."  The familiar verses of this poem could easily be the underlying emotional narrative of Parashat Vayeilech.  In this week’s portion, Moses is in the midst of this process; for in Parashat Vayeilech, Moses officially retires and begins to prepare for his death.

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