Parashat Vayelech (Moses went)
One very special mitzvah is added towards the end of the book of Deuteronomy. It is called “Hakhel”.
The leader (king) of the Jewish people should gather all the people during the festival of Sukkot, once every seven years in the year after the “shmita”.
Once they are all together, the king should read aloud the Torah.
Wasn’t the Torah already read on Shabbat and Mondays and Thursdays? What is the point of reading it again?
The point is not only to listen to the Torah, but also to see others doing the same thing you are doing and knowing you are not alone.
On days when we see synagogues filled with people, we need to remember those who cannot attend and may feel lonely.
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L