Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech

(You Are Standing-And He Went)

Deuteronomy 29:9 - 31:30

Isaiah 61:10 - 63:9

In the Torah portion Nitzavim, Moses describes the Covenant between God and the Israelites, urging the Israelites to uphold the Covenant and honor the Torah so that they may be rewarded with life in the Land of Israel. In Vayeilech, Moses concludes his speech to the Israelites, blesses Joshua, and instructs the community to gather every seven years to read publicly from the Torah. God predicts the eventual straying of the Israelites.

Knowing One’s Place, Knowing One’s Time

Several midrashim deal with Moses' reluctance to turn leadership over to Joshua.

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It is Not Beyond Reach

Nitzavim: A resource for families.

Parashat Vayeilech Quiz

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Moses’s Fate

The leader of the Israelites is not allowed to enter the Promised Land.

Writing Women into the Torah

It is time to do no less than to dress the Torah in the language of women.

Haftarah for Nitzavim: Summary

Isaiah offers a hopeful anticipation of redemption.

Parashat Nitzavim Quiz

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Education for Change

The powerful lessons of hakhel and shemittah.

The Song of Humanity

Song can remind us of our authentic selves and our genuine power.

A Land Flowing With Milk & Honey

The health of the land depends on our responsible behavior.

The Commandment to Choose Life

Every choice we make from birth to death matters.

How To Choose Life

So that your children may live.

Standing at Attention

We all need to pick our issues and take a stand.


Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30


Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20

Creating an Experience of the All of You

By creating more experiences of community in which we feel connected to members of society whom we don't even know, we can increase our feelings of moral responsibility for one another.

No Deposit, No Return

The commandment to return to God is always within our reach.

Moses’ Approach Towards Death

Several commentaries interpret Moses's going to the people before his death.

Quality Leaders

Moses and Joshua possessed leadership characteristics that we continue to look for in our leaders today.

If Only It Weren’t So Violent

The commandments to destroy the seven Canaanite nations are perhaps best understood as a later generation's struggle with idolatry.

Strength In Numbers

The commandment to gather every seven years for a communal Torah reading reinforces the spirit of unity and commitment among the people.

All-Inclusive Covenant

Moses tells the Children of Israel that the covenant includes all of them, including the pious and faithful as well as the rebellious and confused.

Affirming And Spreading Our Core Values

The final commandments in the Torah, to gather as a community to hear the Torah and to write down a spiritual legacy, encourage us to re-engage with our core values.

Models Of Leadership

Moshe and God each instruct Joshua according to the different models of leadership each embodies.

Punishments, Land, And People

Even during their long exile from the land of Israel, the Jewish people will retain their covenant with God, despite the punishments God exacts against the land.

Bringing The Torah Home

The Torah and its lessons are always within our reach.

One Small Step

Fulfilling the directive to repair the world begins in our own mouths and hearts.


Before the Children of Israel enter the land, Moses cautions them against self-deception, an appropriate warning for the high holidays as well.

On This Day God Calls To You

Parashat Nitzavim teaches us the importance of viewing ourselves as partners in a dialogue with God.