Parashah Vayelekh

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“For out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of ADONAI from Yerushalayim.”

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פָּרָשָׁה וַיֵּלֶךְ

Parashah Vayelech
“He Went Out”
D’varim 31:1-30

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This Week’s Portions
   D'varim 31:1-30

   Hos. 14:2(1)–10(9)
   Mic. 7:18–20
   Joel 2:15–271
   Luke 24:13–43

Apostolic Letters
    Hebrews 13:5-8
This Week’s Reading Schedule
   Review and meditate on
   last week’s Parashah

   Rishon [1st]: 1-3
   Sheni [2nd]: 4-6

   Shlishi [3rd]: 7-9
   R'vi'i [4th]: 10-13

   Chamishi [5th]: 14-19
   Shishi [6th]: 20-24
   Shvi'i [7th]: 25-27
   Maftir [Concluding]: 28-30

     Hos. 14:2(1)–10(9)
     Mic. 7:18–20
     Joel 2:15–27

   Ketuvei HaShalichim
      Basar: Lk. 24:13–43
      Kepherim: Hebrews 13:5-8


The Blessing of the Torah
Aliya: (the one who “goes up” to read)  
Bar-khu et Adonai ham-vor-ack.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised.)
Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam vah-ed.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for all eternity.)
Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam vah-ed.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for all eternity.)
Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, Eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lekh hah oh-lahm,
ah-sher ba-char ba-noo me-kol ha-ah­meem,
v’na-tahn lah-noo et torah-toe,
ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, no-tane hah-torah.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has chosen us from all peoples
and given us His Torah.
Blessed are You, O Lord, Giver of the Torah.

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Cantor Kenneth B. Cohen of
Temple Sholom, Greenwich, CT.

Rishon [1st]: 31 1Moshe went and spoke these words to all Yisra'el. 2He said to them, I am one hundred twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: and ADONAI has said to me, You shall not go over this Yarden. 3ADONAI your God, he will go over before you; he will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them: and Yehoshua, he shall go over before you, as ADONAI has spoken.


Sheni [2nd]: 4ADONAI will do to them as he did to Sichon and to `Og, the kings of the Amori, and to their land; whom he destroyed. 5ADONAI will deliver them up before you, and you shall do to them according to all the mitzvot which I have commanded you. 6Be strong and of good courage, don't be afraid, nor be scared of them: for ADONAI your God, he it is who does go with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.


Shlishi [3rd]: 7Moshe called to Yehoshua, and said to him in the sight of all Yisra'el, Be strong and of good courage: for you shall go with this people into the land which ADONAI has sworn to their fathers to give them; and you shall cause them to inherit it. 8ADONAI, he it is who does go before you; he will be with you, he will not fail you, neither forsake you: don't be afraid, neither be dismayed.

9Moshe wrote this law, and delivered it to the kohanim, the sons of Levi, who bore the ark of the covenant of ADONAI, and to all the elders of Yisra'el.


R'vi'i [4th]: 10Moshe commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the set time of the year of release, in the feast of booths, 11when all Yisra'el is come to appear before ADONAI your God in the place which he shall choose, you shall read this Torah before all Yisra'el in their hearing. 12Assemble the people, the men and the women and the little ones, and your foreigner who is within your gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear ADONAI your God, and observe to do all the words of this Torah; 13and that their children, who have not known, may hear, and learn to fear ADONAI your God, as long as you live in the land where you go over the Yarden to possess it.


Chamishi [5th]: 14ADONAI said to Moshe, Behold, your days approach that you must die: call Yehoshua, and present yourselves in the tent of meeting, that I may give him a charge. Moshe and Yehoshua went, and presented themselves in the tent of meeting. 15ADONAI appeared in the Tent in a pillar of cloud: and the pillar of cloud stood over the door of the Tent. 16ADONAI said to Moshe, Behold, you shall sleep with your fathers; and this people will rise up, and play the prostitute after the strange gods of the land, where they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them. 17Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall come on them; so that they will say in that day, Haven't these evils come on us because our God is not among us? 18I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evil which they shall have worked, in that they are turned to other gods.

19Now therefore write you this song for you, and teach you it the children of Yisra'el: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Yisra'el.


Shishi [6th]: 20For when I shall have brought them into the land which I swore to their fathers, flowing with milk and honey, and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and grown fat; then will they turn to other gods, and serve them, and despise me, and break my covenant. 21It shall happen, when many evils and troubles are come on them, that this song shall testify before them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they frame this day, before I have brought them into the land which I swore. 22So Moshe wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Yisra'el.

23He gave Yehoshua ben Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of good courage; for you shall bring the children of Yisra'el into the land which I swore to them: and I will be with you.

24Then Moshe completed writing the words of this Torah in a book, until they were finished.


Shvi'i [7th]: 25Moshe commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of ADONAI, saying, 26Take this book of the Torah, and put it by the side of the ark of the covenant of ADONAI your God, that it may be there for a witness against you. 27For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, you have been rebellious against ADONAI; and how much more after my death?


Maftir [Concluding]: 28Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to witness against them. 29For I know that after my death you will utterly corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you; and evil will happen to you in the latter days; because you will do that which is evil in the sight of ADONAI, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.

30Moshe spoke in the ears of all the assembly of Yisra'el the words of this song, until they were finished.

The Blessing After Torah

Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lech hah-oh­lahm,
ah-sher nah-tahn la-noo toe-raht eh-met,
v’cha-yaye oh-lahm nah-tah b’toe-chay-noo.
Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai,  no-tain ha-to-rah.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has given us a Torah of truth,
and has planted eternal life in our midst.
Blessed are You, O Lord, Giver of the Torah.

Click here to listen to this sung by
Cantor Kenneth B. Cohen of
Temple Sholom, Greenwich, CT



The Blessing of the Haftarah

Ba-rookh, ah-tah Adonai, eh-lo-hay-noo,
meh-lekh hah-oh­lahm,
ah-sher ba-khar been-vee-eem toe-veem,
v’rah-tzah b’deev­ray-hem,
ha-neh-eh-ma-reem, beh-eh-meht.

Ba-rookh ah-tah, Adonai,
ha-bo-char ba-to-rah,
oo-v’Mo-sheh ahv-doe, oo-v'yees­ra-ale ah-mo,
oo-veen-vee-aye hah-eh-met, vah-tzeh-dek.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who selected good prophets,
and was pleased with their words
which were spoken truthfully.

Blessed are You, O Lord,
Who chooses the Torah,
Your servant Moses, Your people Israel,
and prophets of truth and righteousness.

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an unknown male soloist from
Temple Mount Sinai in El Paso, TX.

Hoshea (Hosea) 14:2-10

1Yisra'el, return to ADONAI your God;
For you have fallen because of your sin.
2Take words with you, and return to ADONAI.
Tell him, “Forgive all our sins,
And accept that which is good:
So we offer like bulls our lips.
3Ashshur can't save us.
We won't ride on horses;
Neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, 'Our gods!'
For in you the fatherless finds mercy.”
4I will heal their waywardness.
I will love them freely;
For my anger is turned away from him.
5I will be like the dew to Yisra'el.
He will blossom like the lily,
And send down his roots like Levanon.
6His branches will spread,
And his beauty will be like the olive tree,
And his fragrance like Levanon.
7Men will dwell in his shade.
They will revive like the grain,
And blossom like the vine.
Their fragrance will be like the wine of Levanon.
8Efrayim, what have I to do any more with idols?
I answer, and will take care of him.
I am like a green fir tree;
From me your fruit is found.”
9Who is wise, that he may understand these things?
Who is prudent, that he may know them?
For the ways of ADONAI are right,
And the righteous walk in them;
But the rebellious stumble in them.


Mikhah (Micah) 7:18-20

7 18Who is a God like you, who pardons iniquity,
And passes over the disobedience of the remnant of his heritage?
He doesn't retain his anger forever,
Because he delights in loving kindness.
19He will again have compassion on us.
He will tread our iniquities under foot;
And you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
20You will give truth to Ya`akov,
and mercy to Avraham,
As you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.


Yo'el (Joel) 2:15-27

2 15Blow the shofar in Tziyon!
Sanctify a fast.
Call a solemn assembly.
16Gather the people.
Sanctify the assembly.
Assemble the elders.
Gather the children, and those who suck the breasts.
Let the bridegroom go forth from his room,
And the bride out of her chamber.
17Let the kohanim, the ministers of ADONAI, weep between the porch and the altar,
And let them say, “Spare your people, ADONAI,
And don't give your heritage to reproach,
That the nations should rule over them.
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’”
18Then ADONAI was jealous for his land,
And had pity on his people.
19ADONAI answered his people,
“Behold, I will send you grain, new wine, and oil,
And you will be satisfied with them;
And I will no more make you a reproach among the nations.
20But I will remove the northern army far away from you,
And will drive it into a barren and desolate land,
Its front into the eastern sea,
And its back into the western sea;
And its stench will come up,
And its bad smell will rise.
Surely he has done great things.
21“Land, don't be afraid.
Be glad and rejoice, for ADONAI has done great things.
22“Don't be afraid, you animals of the field;
For the pastures of the wilderness spring up,
For the tree bears its fruit.
The fig tree and the vine yield their strength.
23“Be glad then, you children of Tziyon,
And rejoice in ADONAI, your God;
For he gives you the former rain in just measure,
And he causes the rain to come down for you,
The former rain and the latter rain,
As before.
24The threshing floors will be full of wheat,
And the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.
25I will restore to you the years that the swarming arbeh has eaten,
The great arbeh, the khagav, and the caterpillar,
My great army, which I sent among you.
26You will have plenty to eat, and be satisfied,
And will praise the name of ADONAI, your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
And my people will never again be disappointed.
27You will know that I am in the midst of Yisra'el,
And that I am ADONAI, your God, and there is no one else;
And my people will never again be disappointed.” 


Ketuvei HaShalichim
(Apostolic Writings)

The Blessing of the Ketuvei HaShalichim

Bah-rookh ah-tah Adonai, Eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lekh hah-oh­lahm,
ah-shehr nah-tahn la-noo mah-she-ahch Yeshua,
v’ha-deeb­rote shell Ha-breet Ha-kha-da-shah,
ba-rookh ah-ta Adonai,
no­tain Hah-breet Hah-kha-da-shah.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has given us Messiah Yeshua
and the commandments of the New Covenant.
Blessed are You, O Lord,
Giver of the New Covenant.


Ha Basar (The Good News of the Kingdom)

According to Lukas

24 13Behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was sixty stadia from Yerushalayim. 14They talked with each other about all of these things which had happened. 15It happened, while they talked and questioned together, that Yeshua himself came near, and went with them. 16But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17He said to them, “What are you talking about as you walk, and are sad?”

18One of them, named Klofah, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Yerushalayim who doesn’t know the things which have happened there in these days?”

19He said to them, “What things?”

They said to him, “The things concerning Yeshua, the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people; 20and how the Cohenim Gadolim and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21But we were hoping that it was he who would redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22Also, certain women of our company amazed us, having arrived early at the tomb; 23and when they didn’t find his body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24Some of us went to the tomb, and found it just like the women had said, but they didn’t see him.”

25He said to them, “Foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26Didn’t the Mashiach have to suffer these things and to enter into his Sh'khinah?” 27Beginning from Moshe and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 28They drew near to the village, where they were going, and he acted like he would go further.

29They urged him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is almost evening, and the day is almost over.”

He went in to stay with them. 30It happened, that when he had sat down at the table with them, he took the bread and gave thanks. Breaking it, he gave to them. 31Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he vanished out of their sight. 32They said one to another, “Weren’t our hearts burning within us, while he spoke to us along the way, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?” 33They rose up that very hour, returned to Yerushalayim, and found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them, 34saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35They related the things that happened along the way, and how he was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.

36As they said these things, Yeshua himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be to you.”

37But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

38He said to them, “Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39See my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see, for a spirit doesn’t have flesh and bones, as you see that I have.” 40When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41While they still didn’t believe for joy, and wondered, he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”

42They gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43He took them, and ate in front of them.


The Letters From the Shliachim

To the Messianic Jews

13 5Be free from the love of money, content with such things as you have, for he has said, “I will in no way leave you, neither will I in any way forsake you.” 6So that with good courage we say,

ADONAI is my helper. I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”

7Remember your leaders, men who spoke to you the word of God, and considering the results of their conduct, imitate their faith. 8Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

The Blessing of the Messiah

Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai Eh-lo-hay-noo,
meh-lekh hah-oh-lahm,
ah-sher keed-sha-noo beed-va-reh-khah
v'na-tahn la-noo et Yeshuah M'shee-khay-noo,
v'tzee-va-noo l'he-oat oar lah-oh-lahm.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has sanctified us in Your Word,
and given us Yeshua, our Messiah,
and commanded us to be a light to the world.



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