Vayeilech 5782 Reading of Haftorah and Apostolic Writings

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In Parashat Vayeilech, Moses told the Israelites to be strong and courageous, as G-d and Joshua would soon lead them into the Promised Land. Moses commanded the Israelites to read the law to all the people every seven years. G-d told Moses that his death was approaching, that the people would break the covenant, and that G-d would thus hide G-d’s face from them, so Moses should therefore write a song to serve as a witness for G-d against them.

The Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as Shabbat Shuva or “Shabbat of Return (Repentance).” The name is a reference to the opening words of the week’s haftorah, “Shuva Israel — Return O Israel.” This haftorah is read in honor of the Ten Days of Repentance, the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

In Luke, Messiah sends his disciples out to proclaim and do the work of the Kingdom. While in Romans the blessings of keeping Torah are affirmed and believers are exhorted to keep it, for it is withing their grasp.

The ninth portion of the book of Devarim/Deuteronomy is Vayeilech, which means “He Went.” This is the 52nd Torah Portion.

Torah: Devarim 31:1-30

Haftorah: Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20

Apostolic: Luke 9:1-6; Romans 10:5-10

Chabad has wonderful resources for studying the weekly Torah Portion

You can read or listen to the Haftarah and Apostolic portions below:


Hosea 14:2-10

Return, Isra’el, to HaShem your G-d,

for your guilt has made you stumble.

Take words with you, and return to HaShem;

say to him, “Forgive all guilt,

and accept what is good;

we will pay instead of bulls

[the offerings of] our lips.

Ashur will not save us,

we will not ride on horses,

and we will no longer call

what we made with our hands our gods.

For it is only in you

that the fatherless can find mercy.”

“I will heal their disloyalty,

I will love them freely;

for my anger has turned from him.

I will be like dew to Isra’el;

he will blossom like a lily

and strike roots like the L’vanon.

His branches will spread out,

his beauty be like an olive tree

and his fragrance like the L’vanon.

Again they will live in his shade and raise grain;

they will blossom like a vine,

and its aroma will be

like the wine of the L’vanon.

Efrayim [will say], ‘What have I

to do any more with idols?’

And I, I answer and affirm him;

I am like a fresh, green cypress tree;

your fruitfulness comes from me.”

Let the wise understand these things,

and let the discerning know them.

For the ways of HaShem are straight,

And the righteous walk in them,

but in them sinners stumble.

Micah 7:18-20

Who is a G-d like you,

pardoning the sin and overlooking the crimes

of the remnant of his heritage?

He does not retain his anger forever,

because he delights in grace.

He will again have compassion on us,

he will subdue our iniquities.

You will throw all their sins

into the depths of the sea.

You will show truth to Ya‘akov

and grace to Avraham,

as you have sworn to our ancestors

since days of long ago.

 Apostolic Writings 

Luke 9:1-6

Calling together the Twelve, Yeshua gave them power and authority to expel all the demons and to cure diseases; and he sent them out to proclaim the Kingdom of G-d and to heal. He said to them, “Take nothing for your trip — neither a walking stick nor a pack, neither bread nor money; and don’t have two shirts. Whatever house you enter, stay there and go out from there. Wherever they don’t welcome you, shake the dust from your feet when you leave that town as a warning to them.” They set out and went through village after village, healing and announcing the Good News everywhere.

Romans 10:5-10

For Moshe writes about the righteousness grounded in the Torah that the person who does these things will attain life through them. Moreover, the righteousness grounded in trusting says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend to heaven?’” — that is, to bring the Messiah down — or, “‘Who will descend into Sh’ol?’” — that is, to bring the Messiah up from the dead. What, then, does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.” — that is, the word about trust which we proclaim, namely, that if you acknowledge publicly with your mouth that Yeshua is Lord and trust in your heart that G-d raised him from the dead, you will be delivered. For with the heart one goes on trusting and thus continues toward righteousness, while with the mouth one keeps on making public acknowledgement and thus continues toward deliverance.

Nitzavim 5781 Back Yard Midrash

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I meant to get this up sooner. It has been a busy week. Please enjoy this wide ranging discussion based on Nitzavim. We didn’t even cover all three sections, despite just over two hours of discussion. Below are the relevant portions. Please feel free to offer any questions or comments you have that can help to edify the body of Messiah. None of the participants are scholars. We are simply a group of people who love the G-d of Abraham Isaac and Jacob and want to draw closer to Him through delighting in His Word, by the grace of King Messiah.

Torah: Devarim 29:9-30:20

Haftorah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9

Apostolic: Luke 8:4-18

Nitzavim 5781 Reading of Haftorah and Apostolic Writings

Parashat Nitzavim features: prophecies of exile and redemption, assurance that Torah  is within Israel’s grasp and an exhortation to choose life.

This week’s haftorah is the seventh and final in a series of seven “Haftarot of Consolation.” These seven haftarot commence on the Shabbat following Tisha b’Av and continue until Rosh Hashanah.

In the Apostolic writings, Messiah tells the parable of the sower and explains it to his disciples.

The eight portion of the book of Devarim/Deuteronomy is Nitzavim, which means “Standing.” This is the 51st Torah Portion.

Torah: Devarim 29:9-30:20

Haftorah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9

Apostolic: Luke 8:4-18

Chabad has wonderful resources for studying the weekly Torah Portion

You can read or listen to the Haftarah and Apostolic portions below:



I am so joyful in HaShem! My soul rejoices in my G-d, for he has clothed me in salvation, dressed me with a robe of triumph, like a bridegroom wearing a festive turban, like a bride adorned with her jewels. For just as the earth brings forth its plants, or a garden makes its plants spring up, so HaShem , G-d, will cause victory and glory to spring up before all nations.


For Tziyon’s sake I will not be silent, for Yerushalayim’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out brightly and her salvation like a blazing torch. The nations will see your vindication and all kings your glory. Then you will be called by a new name which HaShem himself will pronounce. You will be a glorious crown in the hand of HaShem, a royal diadem held by your G-d. You will no longer be spoken of as ‘Azuvah [Abandoned] or your land be spoken of as ‘Sh’mamah [Desolate]; rather, you will be called Heftzi-Vah [My-Delight-Is-In-Her] and your land Be‘ulah [Married]. For HaShem delights in you, and your land will be married — as a young man marries a young woman, your sons will marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over the bride, your G-d will rejoice over you. I have posted watchmen on your walls, Yerushalayim; they will never fall silent, neither by day nor by night. You who call on HaShem , give yourselves no rest; and give him no rest till he restores Yerushalayim and makes it a praise on earth. HaShem has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: “Never again will I give your grain to your enemies as food; nor will strangers drink your wine, for which you worked so hard; but those who harvest the grain will eat it with praises to HaShem ; those who gathered the wine will drink it in the courtyards of my sanctuary.” Go on through, go on through the gates, clear the way for the people! Build up a highway, build it up! Clear away the stones! Raise a banner for the peoples! HaShem has proclaimed to the end of the earth, “Say to the daughter of Tziyon, ‘Here, your Salvation is coming! Here, his reward is with him, and his recompense is before him.’” They will call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of HaShem . You will be called D’rushah [Sought-After], ‘Ir Lo Ne‘ezvah [City-No-Longer-Abandoned].


Who is this, coming from Edom, from Botzrah with clothing stained crimson, so magnificently dressed, so stately in his great strength? “It is I, who speak victoriously, I, well able to save.” Why is your apparel red, your clothes like someone treading a winepress? “I have trodden the winepress alone; from the peoples, not one was with me. So I trod them in my anger, trampled them in my fury; so their lifeblood spurted out on my clothing, and I have stained all my garments; for the day of vengeance that was in my heart and my year of redemption have come. I looked, but there was no one to help, and I was appalled that no one upheld me. Therefore my own arm brought me salvation, and my own fury upheld me. In my anger I trod down the peoples, made them drunk with my fury, then poured out their lifeblood on the earth.” I will recall the grace of HaShem and the praises of HaShem , because of all that HaShem has granted us and his great goodness toward the house of Isra’el, which he bestowed on them in keeping with his mercy, in keeping with the greatness of his grace. For he said, “They are indeed my people, children who are not disloyal.” So he became their Savior. In all their troubles he was troubled; then the Angel of His Presence saved them; in his love and pity he redeemed them. He had lifted them up and carried them throughout the days of old.

 Apostolic Writings 

Luke 8:4-18

After a large crowd had gathered from the people who kept coming to him from town after town, Yeshua told this parable: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell along the path and was stepped on, and the birds flying around ate it up. Some fell on rock; and after it sprouted, it dried up from lack of moisture. Some fell in the midst of thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. But some fell into rich soil, and grew, and produced a hundred times as much as had been sown.” After saying this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear with, let him hear!” His talmidim asked him what this parable might mean, and he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the Kingdom of G-d; but the rest are taught in parables, so that they may look but not see, and listen but not understand. “The parable is this: the seed is G-d’s message. The ones along the path are those who hear, but then the Adversary comes and takes the message out of their hearts, in order to keep them from being saved by trusting it. The ones on rock are those who, when they hear the word, accept it with joy; but these have no root — they go on trusting for awhile; but when a time of testing comes, they apostatize. As for what fell in the midst of thorns these are the ones who hear; but as they go along, worries and wealth and life’s gratifications crowd in and choke them, so that their fruit never matures. But what fell in rich soil — these are the ones who, when they hear the message, hold onto it with a good, receptive heart; and by persevering, they bring forth a harvest. “No one who has lit a lamp covers it with a bowl or puts it under a bed; no, he puts it on a stand; so that those coming in may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nothing is covered up that will not be known and come out into the open. Pay attention, then, to how you hear! For anyone who has something will be given more; but from anyone who has nothing, even what he seems to have will be taken away.”

Scriptural Meditation- 1 Timothy 1:6

Some, by aiming amiss, have wandered off into fruitless discussion.

The fundamentals of godliness are simple. People confuse simple with easy and unimportant. Love the Almighty with all you have and your neighbor as yourself. Any secret, code or hidden meaning that distracts you from that is something to push off so you can keep your focus on serving the Kingdom. That can be quite hard work, but it is simple.

Scriptural Meditation- 2 Thessalonians 3:15

But don’t consider him an enemy; on the contrary, confront him as a brother and try to help him change.

If you go into a confrontation with the right mindset, it can be fruitful and result in blessing for all parties involved. Pray for peace and strive for it within yourself, your community and your world.

Scriptural Meditation- 2 Thessalonians 2:3

Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way.
For the Day will not come until after the Apostasy has come and the man who separates himself from Torah has been revealed, the one destined for doom.

Diligently test every teaching, claim and common notion against the Word. Torah is the foundation of what we know of the Most High. The Psalmist sang of Torah’s eternal nature. Messiah affirmed Torah again and again. Scripture foretold Messiah and what he would do and he lived out prophecy. Always look to the eternal truth of Torah, lest you be fooled by clever words into pursuing your own destruction.

Scriptural Meditation- Isaiah 42:16

The blind I will lead on a road they don’t know,
on roads they don’t know I will lead them;
I will turn darkness to light before them,
and straighten their twisted paths.
These are things I will do without fail.

The Father is always reaching out to you, seeking to draw you close. Let Him open your eyes. Let Him lead your walk.