Sometimes the shortest parshiyos contain the most profound lessons. This week we are the beneficiaries of the two shortest Parshiyos in the Torah. It is said (Mishlei 3:6) בכל דרכיך דעהו והוא יישר אורחותיך, know Him in all your ways, and He will direct your paths. The Gemara (Brachos 63a) states that the essentials of the Torah hinge on this short verse. This statement of the Gemara is demonstrating to us that when one knows HaShem, he can gain a better understanding of the entire Torah.
In Parashas Nitzvaim, Moshe informs the Jewish People that they are standing before HaShem, the entire body of the Jewish People. The commentators point out that this alludes to Rosh HaShanah, when we all stand before HaShem in judgment. The Parasha continues to discuss how the Jewish People in the End of Days will repent from their sins.
Parashas Vayeilech discusses the mitzvah of Hakhel, when the entire Jewish People gathered once every seven years on the festival of Sukkos to hear the king read Mishne Torah. The common theme in these parshiyos is that the Jewish people should know Who HaShem is and how this knowledge will benefit them at every moment of their lives. This, essentially, is our mission on Rosh HaShana, Yom Kippur and Sukkos. The holiday season culminates with our expression of אַתָּה הָרְאֵתָ לָדַעַת כִּי יְ-ה-ו-ה הוּא הָאֱ-לֹהִים אֵין עוֹד מִלְבַדּוֹ, You have been shown, in order to know that HaShem, He is G-d; there is none else besides Him. We are fortunate to read these short parshiyos prior to the High Holidays and Sukkos, so we can gain in our knowledge of HaShem and his Torah.
Have an uplifting Shabbos and a Ksiva Vachasima Tova.