September 23, 2018

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Vayelech with Rabbi Eric Solomon

Rabbi Eric Solomon shares the leadership of Beth Meyer Synagogue in Raleigh, NC with his wife, Rabbi Jenny Solomon. He began his rabbinic career as the Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York City. He is a graduate of the Shalom Hartman Institute Rabbinic Leadership Initiative, serves on the national board of Truah: The Rabbinic Call For Human Rights, and will travel this winter to Guatemala with American Jewish World Service as a 2018 Global Justice Fellow.

Vayelech recounts the events of Moses’ last day. “I am one hundred and twenty years old today,” he tells the people.” He transfers the leadership to Joshua, and concludes writing the Torah in a scroll which he entrusts to the Levites for safekeeping. The mitzvah of Hakhel  is given: every seven years, during the festival of Sukkot of the first year of the Shemitah cycle, the people gather at the Temple, where the king should read to them from the Torah. Vayelech concludes with the prediction that the people of Israel will turn away from G‑d, causing Him to hide His face from them, but also with the promise that the words of the Torah “shall not be forgotten”

 

 

Previous Torah Talks on Vayelech

Rabbi Robert Haas

Rabbi Galia Sadan