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 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 . . .
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.
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?
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.
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