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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Vayelekh

Vayelekh: Where did Moses Go?

This week’s Torah reading (Vayelekh) opens with the following verse: And Moses went and he spoke these words to all of Israel. (Deuteronomy 31:1) The text goes on to report the details of the last day of his life. Moses transfers leadership to Joshua, his second-in-command, finalizes a written version of Torah, instructs the people to gather annually […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Hide and Go Seek

Vayelekh: Hide and Go Seek

This week’s Torah portion, the penultimate reading in the annual cycle, describes Moshe’s last day on earth. It includes this divine foretelling of the future of the Children of Israel: And YHVH said to Moshe: Here, you are soon to lie with your fathers, and now this people will go whoring after the foreign gods of of […]

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