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Haftarah for Nitzavim
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Jerusalem and the nation will rejoice that G-d has wrapped them with garments of salvation and righteousness, adorned like the happy couple on their wedding day. G-d will cause righteousness and praise of Israel to sprout like the flora of a garden. Chapter 62 G-d says that for the sake of Israel and Jerusalem, He […]
Seek Hashem When He is to be Found
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Even though repentance and petition are always appropriate, during the ten days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom HaKipurim it is even more appropriate and it is accepted immediately, as it is stated: Seek Hashem when He is to be found…. Yom HaKipurim is the time for repentance for the individual and for the congregation. It […]
Leadership: consensus or command?
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Nitzavim-Vayelech – 24 September 2011 – 25 Elul 5771 The great transition is about to take place. Moses’ career as a leader is coming to an end. Joshua was leadership is about to begin. Moses blesses his successor. Then God does. Listen carefully to what they say, and to the subtle difference between. This is […]
Parshat Nitzavim-Vayeilech: Repentance and Redemption
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“And Hashem your G-d will bring back your remnant. And He will have mercy on you. And He will again gather you from the nations among whom He dispersed you.” (Devarim 30:3) Moshe tells Bnai Yisrael that their repentance will be rewarded. The Almighty will respond to the prayers and cries of His nation. He […]
Parshat Nitzavim-Vayeilech: The Mitzvah of Hakhel
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“And Moshe commanded them, saying, ‘At the end of [every] seven years, at an appointed time, [after] the Shemitah year, on the Festival of Succot, when all Israel comes to appear before Hashem, your God, in the place He will choose, you shall read this Torah before all Yisrael, in their ears. Assemble the people: […]