parsha foodporn: Vayelech

“And Moses called to Joshua, and said to him in the sight of all Israel: ‘Be strong and of good courage..”

This powerful moment in Parshat Vayelech has us on our toes. Moses stands before the Jewish people and appoints Joshua their new leader. And then, right in the middle of this pivotal scene, a new commandment is introduced. The tribe is told that at the conclusion of each sabbatical year, the king must stand in sight of the entire nation and read the Torah.

What’s going on?

Our sages explain that the essence of this mitzvah lies in the “sight” the people will encounter. Standing before the king will be reminiscent of the revelation at Mount Sinai – thousands upon thousands of people united to share in a history and a purpose. Each new generation will have the opportunity to experience that which transpired during Moses’ time. It is this incredible sight that will give strength and courage to Joshua, the Jews and all future generations.

It is said that Shabbat is meant to infuse power into our entire week. This Tuesday night, when we stand before Hashem on Yom Kippur, let us be empowered to seize the opportunity of Shabbat Vayelech. Wherever we are around the world, let us appreciate the incredible “sight” of our communities gathered to pray before our King. “… And it is G-d himself who goes before you; He will be with you, He will not fail you or forsake you. Have no fear or trepidation.”

May we all be granted a year of happiness, health, prosperity and the “sight” of the coming moshiach. Shabbat Shalom! @themodernpalette



  • 2 bunches of carrots, cleaned
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • cayenne pepper


1. Mix coconut oil, maple syrup, a dash of salt, white pepper, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

2. In a roasting dish, add carrots. Pour mixture over carrots.

3. Bake uncovered for 35- 40 minutes on 375F or until browned and soft.

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