Vayelech by David Hartley Mark

Moses gives Joshua and the Israelites a final exhortation and prophecy about crossing over Jordan and defeating the Canaanites: “Chazak veh’eh’matz—Be strong and courageous; God will not fail you or forsake you” (Deut. 7-8, adapted). Moses completes the writing of the Torah, except for the last few verses, which speak of his death. Joshua must […]

Parsha Nitzavim-Vayelech by David Hartley Mark

Here, Moses reaches the epitome of his speaking powers, commanding all Israel to remain faithful to the sacred covenant with God as described in the Torah. To whom exactly does he address his words? Attempting to answer this question, the text reels through time, its audience first appearing to be the Dor Haye’tsiah/Exodus Generation, which […]

Parsha Nitzavim – Vayelech by David Hartley Mark

“Be patient; God isn’t finished with me yet; I am a Masterpiece in progress.” –Bumper Sticker that would make a Good Slogan for the Jewish People I wish Moses had been more of an optimist. Granted, at the time of our parsha/Torah reading, he’s one-hundred-twenty years old, and probably aching in every limb, after forty […]