In Deuteronomy 31; 10-12 Moses conveys the Torah’s 612th commandment: “…at the end of every seven years… on the Festival of Sukkot. When all Israel comes to appear before the Lord, your G-d, in the place that He shall choose, you shall read this Torah before all Israel in their hearing. Assemble the people the men, women, and the little ones, and your stranger… so that they may hear, and so that they may learn; and revere the Lord your G-d and observe to perform all the words of this Torah.”
This in-depth mini-series focuses on the page in Masechet Sotah that records the teachings of our Sages about this rare Mitzvah. The Talmud (and its multi-layered commentaries) richly define and elucidate the details that govern the fulfillment of this enigmatic biblical commandment.
Series on Hakhel, Part Six. Tractate Sotah, Chapter Seven, Page 41b
PERFECT TIME ~ Dissecting Scripture to Determine the Date of Hakhel!
In the sixth Episode we continue delving more deeply into the Gemara which clarified the information presented in the Mishna — in a Quest to Discover the Best Day for The Assembly!
To be sure, the Talmud’s careful analysis of verses did reveal the divinely ordained date for our Septennial Assembly Mitzvah. Yet, despite unravelling the seeming superfluous syntax of the scripture regarding the date, the precise timing is still unclear!
Compellingly, for all Talmudic pinpointing, the precise date remains a mystery. Surprisingly, the great Sages of the mediaeval era continued to debate this, and until our very day, the question ahs never been fully resolved!
Why we weren’t given clearer instructions, and ultimately when exactly is the right time is something we may only discover once Moshiach arrives. Here you will learn to appreciate the differing schools of thought and achieve a broader panoramic view of the full jurisprudence governing this exceptional Torah Commandment.
This Sixth Episode in our unique Hakhel mini- series has been anonymously dedicated “to honour of our beloved teacher, Rabbi Moshe Miller. HaRav Moshe Arye Leib ben Dovid Mordechai OBM.”