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And Moses Went

Vayeilech begins with the following words: “And Moses went and spoke these words to all of Israel” (Deuteronomy 31:1). Although the Torah describes Moses as having “went,” it is not at all clear exactly where Moses went to and why the Torah even mentions that he went when it could have simply stated that Moses […]

Walking the Way of Life

The portions of Nitzavim and Vayeilech are usually read together on Shabbat. The late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, points out an interesting dichotomy between the names of the two portions. Nitzavim means “entrenched,” “permanent,” or “standing,” while Vayeilech denotes “movement,” “progress,” or “going out.” He elaborates on this insight by noting that there is […]