Shabbat Shalom! Vayeilech

It’s Shabbat Shuvah – the Shabbat that falls in the midst of the High Holy Days – and this week we read Parashat Vayeilech. It’s a short portion, chapter 31 of Deuteronomy, and Moses gives his final charge to Joshua his successor and to the other leaders of Israel. He introduces the poetry we will read next week in Ha’azinu.

He said to them: I am now one hundred and twenty years old, I can no longer be active. Moreover, the LORD has said to me, “You shall not go across yonder Jordan.” – Deut. 31:2

The traditional Jewish blessing for birthdays comes from this verse of Torah. When we say to someone “May you live to be 120” we are not only wishing them a long life, but the other attributes of Moses as well. Moses was simultaneously a humble man and a great leader, a rare combination.

Now, the divrei Torah [words of Torah] from around the Internet!

This Poem – Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

Parashat Vayelech, Shabbat Shuvah – Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild

Someone Sees and Now We All See – Rabbi Amy Scheinerman

Parenting by the Parasha – Rabbi Eve Posen (VIDEO)

The Hidden Face – Rabbi David Kasher

Get Us To Safety – Rabbi Nina Mizrahi

Famous (Almost) Last Words – Rabbi Jason Parr

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi based in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, mom, poodle groomer, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at as the Coffee Shop Rabbi.

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