D’var Torah

Vayelech | Sep. 13, 2018

Strength and Resolve for the Journey Ahead

In Parashat Vayelech, Moses announces that the time has come for him to step down from leadership and for Joshua to take his place. (Deut 31: 1-3)  Moses’ oft repeated advice in the parasha, spoken both to Joshua and to the people, is: “Chazak ve’amatz,”  “Be strong and resolute.”  This is the trailhead of a new adventure, as they enter the Promised Land. On this Shabbat Shuvah between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we too are at the trailhead of a new path.  We have set out on our personal teshuvah (repentance) journeys, and a whole new year lies ahead of us.   As we do, let us also hear the encouragement of Moses urging us along:  “Chazak ve’amatz,” let us find inner strength for facing the task of repentance in the year ahead, and may be resolute in following through on the commitments we make.