PARSHAH PICKS: The Key Is Education (Nitzavim)
Elul 26, 5772 · September 13, 2012
General Overview:

In this week's reading, Nitzavim, Moses gathers the Israelites on the day of his passing to enter them into a covenant with G‑d. He warns of the exile and desolation of the Land that will result when Israel abandons G‑d's laws, but assures them that they will eventually repent, and G‑d will then return His people to the Holy Land. This portion also talks about freedom of choice and the mitzvah of teshuvah (repentance).

This Week's Features Printable Parshah Magazine
By Lazer Gurkow
Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20
This short, forty-verse Parshah includes some of the most fundamental principles of the Jewish faith: the diverse unity of Israel, the practicality of Torah, the future redemption, freedom of choice . . .

A bat or bar mitzvah is not a "confirmation." It involves no voluntary acceptance of Jewish identity. That choice took place more than three thousand years ago.

By Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
A collection of the sources from the Torah that serve as the basis for belief in Moshiach and for the details regarding Moshiach and the messianic era.

By Aryeh Citron
Though exile is a time when G‑d's presence in our lives isn't manifest as it was – and will soon again be – during the Holy Temple glory days, it by no means signals a hiatus in our relationship with Him.

By Naftali Silberberg
A Taste of Text—Nitzavim
How can we truly unite with another? Only by realizing that every person has a quality that is unique that only he or she can contribute.

By Chana Weisberg
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Practical Parshah - Nitzavim
What does it really mean to repent? What feelings or actions does true repentance consist of?

By Mendel Kaplan
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Letters and Numbers of Torah - Nitzavim
The sages teach that the enlarged letter Lamed in Deut 29:27 "and He cast them into another land" hints to the purpose of exile. How is this connected to the fact that in the following verse, there are precisely 11 dots placed above 11 consecutive letters?

Aaron L. Raskin
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Welcome to M-Cast, where we take a look at topics in the weekly Torah portion and see how it relates to the coming of Moshiach.

By Yerachmiel Galinsky
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Examining the weekly Torah reading through the lens of contemporary commentary, showing how topical and relevant the parshah's ideas really are. Both mystical and pragmatic, this lesson will elevate your spirit and refine your view of the world around you.

By Mendel Kaplan
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