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Nitzavim: Sunnyside Up

September 24, 2016 – 11:34 pm | 409 views
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The Sunnyside
The other day, my three-year-old son accompanied me to the supermarket. I put a few dozen eggs in the cart and asked him if he likes eggs. What kind are they, he replied, hard boiled or sunny side up?
It made me realize that this is a question for life. …

Nitzavim: Get Out Of Jail

September 24, 2016 – 11:18 pm | 331 views
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Two Poles
The Torah section that we read each year on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah, begins with the words “You all stand this day before the Lord, your God, the leaders of your tribes, your elders and your officers, every man of Israel, your young ones, your women, and your …

Nezavim Vayelach: Relevance of Torah

August 25, 2013 – 4:09 am | 2,792 views
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Redundant
In our Parsha, the Torah provides its own coordinates. “It is not in the heaven to say, who might rise to the heaven to bring it to us nor is it across the ocean to say, who might traverse the oceans to bring it to us.”[1]

Nitzavim Vayelech: The Key is Education

September 18, 2011 – 4:31 am | 645 views
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Returning The Keys
When the marauding Babylonian army broke into the Temple they found priests going about their sacred duties in ecclesiastic devotion. Some prepared meal offerings, others stoked the altar’s flames, yet others inspected logs to ensure their perfection. Outside the battle raged, but inside, the worship continued without distraction.

Nitzavim: We Cannot Lose

August 29, 2010 – 2:55 am | 682 views
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The Day
The Torah portion chanted on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah opens with, “Atem Nitzavim Hayom Kulchem Lifnei Hashem Elokeichem,” you stand [firmly] all together today, before G-d your lord. (1)

Nitzavim: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

September 23, 2008 – 4:59 pm | 660 views
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Sunday: Unity of Parts
“You stand firmly today, All together [as one], the heads of your tribes, elders, guards… young children, women, converts…” This verse begins by emphasising the unity of the gathering, they stood together [as one], then it enumerates the distinctions between the classes gathered on that day.
Unity is …

Nitzavim Vayelech: Genuine Growth

September 10, 2006 – 4:52 am | 625 views
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To Tell or Not To Tell
On the first day of school, hoping to impress the class with his experience, my brother’s teacher listed the many schools where he had taught over the previous decade. One boy , dully impressed, but not quite in the way the teacher had hoped, wondered, …

Nitazvim: Questions Without Answers

September 3, 2006 – 7:51 pm | 2 Comments | 807 views
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Hidden Problems
“That which is hidden is for G-d our Lord but that which is revealed is for us and our children eternally, to carry out the words of this Torah”. The Torah instructs us not to worry about problems that are not in our purview. What kind of problem is …