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Vayeilech

Moses faces his death in this week's second portion from Deuteronomy 31.  In it, we see that he is doing a better job in preparing the people than in preparing himself.  This is usually the case; it is easier to teach than it is to learn, especially in matters of such import. 

The portion is titled Vayeilech, which means "went and spoke."  You see, Moses is going around telling the people of his soon death and of how they should live after he is gone.  Good advise, he gives them, to be sure.  Verses 9 through 13 gives us a look at the last days of Moses.  "So Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi who carried the ark of the covenant of the L-rd, and to all the elders of Israel.  Then Moses commanded them, saying, "At the end of {every} seven years, at the time of the year of remission of debts, at the Feast  of Booths, when all Israel comes to appear before the L-rd your G-d at the place which He will choose, you shall read this law in front of all Israel in their hearing.  "Assemble the people, the men and the women and children and the alien who is in your town, so that they may hear and learn and fear the L-rd your G-d, and be careful to observe all the words of this law.  "Their children, who have not known, will hear and learn to fear the L-rd your G-d, as long as you live on the land which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess."

His words are for us as much as they were for the people about to cross over into the Promise of G-d.  We too must teach this Torah to our children and to everyone with whom we have any relationship.  Last week, one of the servers who works for me in the dining room came to me and asked me to pray for his step-father who is not a Christian.  How will he come to faith?  Only when those who love him teach him the word and the ways of G-d.  How shall they do that?  by living according to every word written in this Torah.

Finally, the L-rd instructed Moses to write a song.  Sounds a bit odd doesn't it?  Actually, by writing the history of the people in verse and putting it to music, there was created a way to pass the history of the entire generation to the future ones not yet born.  Advertisers and entertainers demonstrate this principle in their jingles and in the theme songs of movies and TV shows. 

Keep praying.
Marty


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