“VaYelech/And He Went”


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VaYelech/And He went — וילך


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  • TORAH:
    • Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30


    • Isaiah 55:6-56:8


    • Matthew 21:9-17



The regular readings above are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to the annual Torah Portion schedule for these special portions.

Portion Summary

The name of the fifty-second reading from the Torah is VaYelech (וילך), which means “and he went.

The name is derived from the first word of the first verse of the portion: “So Moses went (vayelech) and spoke these words to all Israel.” In this short portion, Moses commands an assembly for a public Torah reading and covenant renewal once every seven years. He then finishes writing the scroll of the Torah and has it deposited in the Holy of Holies next to the ark of the covenant.


Moses encouraged the Israelites not to falter on the edge of the Promised Land, as the previous generation had done. He told them to “be strong and courageous,” and he comforted them by telling them that YAH would not fail or forsake them.

Jewish tradition teaches that a person’s income for the year is predetermined at Rosh Hashanah. The writer to the book of Hebrews quotes Deuteronomy 31:6 to encourage his readers to rely on YAH to provide for all their needs. He tells them to avoid greed and avarice because YAH has already promised not to forsake us:

Hebrews 13:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For HE HIMSELF  has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”So we may boldly say:

“The LORD YAHUVEH (YAHWEH) ismy helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”

“Be strong and courageous. … He will not fail you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). The High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are primarily about our relationship with YAH as individuals and as a common people. These are appointed times for reconciling with one another and with our ABBA YAHUVEH in Heaven. If we take the opportunity to turn to YAH in sincere repentance in the name of HIS SON, HE will receive us.


Portion Outline

    • Deuteronomy 31:1 | Joshua Becomes Moses’ Successor
    • Deuteronomy 31:9 | The Law to Be Read Every Seventh Year
    • Deuteronomy 31:14 | Moses and Joshua Receive God’s Charge
    • Deuteronomy 31:30 | The Song of Moses
    • Isaiah 55:1 | An Invitation to Abundant Life
    • Isaiah 56:1 | The Covenant Extended to All Who Obey
    • Isaiah 56:9 | The Corruption of Israel’s Rulers



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