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Nizzavim - Va'Yelekh


On the last day of his life, Moshe gathers all the people, young and old, lowly and exalted, men and women, in a final initiation.  The covenant includes not only those who are present, but even those generations yet unborn.  Moshe admonishes the people again to be extremely vigilant against idol worship because, in spite of having witnessed the abominations of Egypt, there will always be the temptation to experiment with foreign philosophies as a pretext for immorality.

Moshe describes the desolation of the Land of Israel which will result from failure to heed G-d's mitzvot.  Descendants of that generation and foreigners alike will remark on the singular desolation of the Land and its apparent inability to be sown or to produce crops.  The conclusion will be apparent to all, the Jewish People have forsaken the One who protects them in favor of powerless idols.  Moshe promises, however, that the people will eventually repent after both the blessings and the curses have been fulfilled.
However assimilated they will have become among the nations, eventually G-d will bring them back to Eretz Yisrael.

Moshe tells the people to remember that fulfilling the Torah is not an impossibility; rather it's within the grasp of every Jew.  The parsha dramatically concludes with Moshe comparing the Jewish People's choice to follow the Torah to a choice between life and death.  Moshe exhorts the people to choose life.


On the last day of his life, Moshe goes from tent to tent bidding farewell to his people, encouraging them to "keep the faith."  Moshe tells them that whether he is among them or not, G-d is with them.  He summons Yehoshua, and in front of all the people, exhorts him to be strong and courageous as leader of the Jewish People.  Thus, he strengthens Yehoshua's status.

Moshe teaches the mitzvah of Hakhel: every seven years on the first of the intermediate days of Succot, the entire nation, including small children, is to gather at the Temple to hear the King read from the Book of Devarim.  The sections read deal with faithfulness to G-d, the covenant, and reward and punishment.

G-d tells Moshe that his end is near, and he should summon Yehoshua to stand with him in the Mishkan, where G-d will teach Yehoshua G-d tells Moshe and Yehoshua that after entering the Land, the people will be unfaithful and worship other gods.  G-d will then completely "hide His face," so that it will seem that the Jewish People are at the mercy of fate, hunted by all.

G-d instructs Moshe and Yehoshua to write down a song "Ha'azinu" which will serve as "witness" against the Jewish People when they sin.  Moshe records the song in writing and teaches it to Bnai YisraelMoshe completes his transcription of the Torah and instructs the Levi'im to place it to the side of the Holy Ark, so that no one will ever write a new Torah Scroll different from the original, for there will always be a reference copy.