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Shnayim Mikra provides a verse-by-verse review of the parsha in seven weekly installments, corresponding to the seven aliyos. Insights and commentary are provided by master educators familiar from the OU's Nach Yomi, including Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Rabbi Menachen Leibtag, Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom, Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein, and others.

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Vayeilech – R’vi’i
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Moshe told the kohanim that in the first year of every Sabbatical cycle, on the holiday of Succos, when everyone comes to Jerusalem, the king was to read publicly from the Torah. Everyone should hear it: men, women, children, converts. This will inspire them to keep the Torah – especially the kids. (This mitzvah is […]
Vayeilech – Shlishi
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Moshe called Yehoshua and charged him to be brave in the face of adversity. He would be the one to lead the nation into Israel and divide the land among them. Yehoshua was never to despair because God will also be with him. Moshe wrote down the Torah up to this point and gave it […]
Vayeilech – Sheini
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(Continued from previous aliyah.) “…and God will destroy the nations who oppose you, just like He did to Sichon and Og. When He does, be sure to follow his instructions for conquest. Don’t worry; He’s got your back.”
Nitzavim – Haftarah
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(When Netsavim and Vayelech are read separately, this is the haftarah of Netsavim, and Vayelech is Shabbat Shuvah.) The first section of this haftarah is both long and difficult, although giving a generally positive tone. Some of the difficulty stems from Isaiah piling metaphors on top of each other, so that we have to make […]
Nitzavim – Sh’vi’i
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You have a choice: you can take the path that leads to life and goodness or the road to death and evil. You know which is right. Love God and follow His instruction manual so that you can prosper in your land. You can go the other way if you like, but that leads to […]
Nitzavim – Shishi
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The Torah is not esoteric, hidden knowledge intended only for the elite. It’s not in Heaven or across the sea, requiring great effort to obtain. It’s right here – reach out and grab it!
Nitzavim – Chamishi
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When God returns the Jews to their land, He will then punish their enemies with the afflictions they had endured. The Jews will keep the law and God will grant them an abundance of all good things. This is the reward for following His word and returning to Him wholeheartedly.
Nitzavim – R’vi’i
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In the future (from Moshe’s perspective), the Jews will actually undergo the curses of exile as described. When they do, they will eventually think about what brought them to their sorry situation. They’ll then return to God, Who will welcome them back. He’ll gather the exiles from the lands of their dispersal and return them […]
Nitzavim – Shlishi
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The Jews saw the idols of Egypt, as well as those of the nations they encountered in their travels. Don’t even think about worshiping such things! They’re poison! Don’t think you can invigorate your religious zeal by emulating other religions! God is NOT okay with that course of action. The Jews must serve only Him […]