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 Four. Tractate Sotah, Chapter Seven, Page 41a
READING LIST ~ The What and Why of the Portions Read at the National Assembly
In the third Episode we continued studying the Mishna that introduced us to a seemingly alien monarch who led the unique Septennial Assembly Reading.
The fourth Episode completes the Mishna; delineating the specific portions of Deuteronomy that must be read aloud by the King, and the blessings he recited at this unique Septennial Assembly Mitzvah.
Scrolling through the Sefer Torah necessitates a departure from standard procedure. Discover why these readings were selected and why was it important to read the verses in staggered fashion!
This is the fourth Episode in our unique Hakhel mini- series.