Parshat Nitzavim – נצבים


The Cosmic Dance of Forgiveness

אַתֶּם נִצָּבִים הַיּוֹם כֻּלְּכֶם לִפְנֵי ה’ אֱלֹהֵיכֶם

“You are standing firmly today
all of you together before HaShem your G-d.”
(Deut 29:9)
This is read before Rosh HaShana
when we all should feel united as one nation
as if we are clasping hands
in a cosmic dance מחול
we are then worthy of receiving
forgiveness מחילה
for our misdeeds.

This parsha is read after the 98 horrible Curses
(enumerated in the previous Parsha: Ki Tavo)
which will be placed on Israel for
not following the commandments of the Torah
and which were “realized” several times
in our history including the Destruction of the
Temple and the Holocaust.

The Curses were first implied in the
Prophecy of Abraham


The Patriarch Abraham was ordered to pass
through a set of animal carcasses
(Genesis 15: 7-15) to receive the frightening
prophesy of the Exile, not only to Egypt,
but to all the Exiles (including the Holocaust)
that his descendants would suffer.

The Parsha is teaching us
that in spite of all that has happened
we are still standing strong
and firm in our faith
עם ישראל חי

Ultimately when we will be bestowed
with the expanded consciousness
of messianic times
we will be able to see that
all of the curses and the bad things
that have happened
are actually blessings in disguise.

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Dov Lederberg is engaged in the converging vectors of art and science, but receives added inspiration from Kabbalah teachings & meditation and tries to create visual forms (in paintings on canvas but also video art) conducive to mystical experience and self-transformation. 
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