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Sep 19, 2017, 11:45 AM
Not standing still, standing together
The name of last week's Torah section Nitzavim-Vayelech - traditionally read on the Shabbat prior to Rosh Hashana, seems to contain a mixed message: "nitzvavim" means "standing", but "vayelech" means "going" (literally "and he went"). While the metaphor of standing before God as...
Sep 18, 2017, 8:56 AM
Buds, bubs and blessings
I love the first buds and blossoms of spring and the hope, fragrance and freshness they bring. So on Tuesday morning, when I noticed the jasmine bushes in bloom, my heart lifted. This year though, the blossoms were more...
Sep 15, 2017, 6:25 PM
This changes everything
“Any yahrzeits this morning?” I inquired as we prepared to return the Torah to the Ark this past Monday morning. Since nobody present had any, we continued with the service. It was only as we concluded, that the date...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Sep 15, 2017, 11:50 AM
God carries each new immigrant to the Land of Israel
In Parshat Nitzavim (Devarim 30:2-3) we read: “You will return to HaShem, your God and obey Him exactly as I am commanding you today, you and your sons, wholeheartedly and with your whole being. HaShem, your God, will turn...
Sep 14, 2017, 6:40 PM
Why be Jewish? (Nitzavim-Vayelech 5777)
In the last days of his life Moses renews the covenant between God and Israel. The entire book of Devarim has been an account of the covenant -- how it came about, what its terms and conditions are, why...
Sep 14, 2017, 1:05 PM
When we return to God, we're never alone
Turn yourself in the way you mean to go, and the Divine will help you get there (Nitzavim-Vayelech)
Sep 14, 2017, 7:22 AM
It’s time to hug it out
Hug G-d? How is that even possible? Yet, in this week’s Torah reading, we are advised to cleave to G-d. The Talmud describes G-d as a consuming fire. How then to cleave to G-d? The answer is that it is...
Sep 14, 2017, 7:16 AM
“Taking the next step” Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech 5777
Am Yisrael have spent the past forty years wandering in the desert and now they are camped just across the Jordan River, ready to enter their homeland. Before they can do so, they must enter into a covenant with...
Sep 12, 2017, 5:02 AM
Nitzavim-Vayelech: Ingredients of Jewish Leadership
A good leader needs to have a compass in his head and a bar of steel in his heart. -Robert Townsend Leadership and the struggles around it are an ongoing theme in the Torah. Whether it’s the leadership of a...
Ariel Ben Avraham
Sep 10, 2017, 11:19 PM
Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech: Returning to Goodness as the Promised Land
We have many examples of how prophecy works in Judaism. In essence, the Jewish prophecy is a declaration that functions as a divine commandment or decree, or as a divine covenant, promise or commitment. Interestingly, it is proclaimed as...