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Daily Aliya for Nitzavim-Vayelech, Chamishi (5th Aliya)

Aliya Summary: Moshe summoned Joshua and told him to be strong and courageous, for G‑d will be going before him and will not forsake him. Moshe then wrote the entire Torah and gave it to the Kohnaim (priests) and the Israelite elders. Moshe gives the commandment of Hakhel (assembly), whereby every seven years, during the holiday of Sukkot which follows the Sabbatical year, all men, women, and children assemble and the king publicly reads sections of the Torah.

As the new leader of the Jews, Joshua gets the perfect advice from Moshe, a line that many use today: “Be strong and courageous” (Chazak V’ematz). Be steadfast and strong with your morals, ideals and behavior, and be courageous in your faith in G-d and the future. Present and future both addressed, and a forward-looking encouragement, where the fact that it’s forward looking is just as important as the encouragement itself, both to Joshua and to us today and every day.