Aliya Summary: 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.

The Sefer HaChinuch explains that since the Torah is the essence of our existence as Jews, it is fitting that every once in a while there be a major “event” that revolves around the Torah to reinforce the concept of the Torah’s centrality. It is most fitting that the king be the one to read from the Torah and that it take place in the Beit HaMikdash courtyard, and that it take place during a joyous festival.