Nitzavim

The best mohel ever!

Pasuk 6 of perek 30 reports that HaShem will help us reach a level of love for HaShem by removing (lit. ‘circumcising’) our decontaminating aspects that repel spirituality. The Ramban here notes that this is the source for the important concept (gemarra Shabbos 104a) ‘one who seeks to purify himself,…

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A right hiding

Rabeinu Bachayei cites an important principle and novel understanding of the pasuk (29:28) ‘the hidden things are for HaShem, our God, and the revealed things are for us and our children…’ in the name of the Rambam. He writes that all mitzvos have reasons for them, but these reasons are…

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Middle class

The sedra opens with the words ‘you are all standing today,’ which the Ibn Ezra explains to mean that Klal Yisrael were encamped around the Aron. This represents the fact that when it comes to Klal Yisrael, the Torah is always at our centre. As Rav Elchonon Wasserman used to…

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The Power of Positivity

It is a really short sedra this week; with 40 psukim, it’s more of a rugby score than the usual cricket score. But as one of my [short] friends used to say to me, good things come in small packages. This week, we are simply going to re-stress a bit…

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Changing from singular to plural???!?

 

 

 

If you look carefully at our sedra, Moshe constantly switches between referring to Bnei Yisrael in the singular (lecha) and plural (lachem). What's the meaning here?

I first thought that an answer could be that every time we are referred to in the plural it is in…

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Ain't No Mountain High, Ain't No Valley Low...

In this week's parsha, Nitvazim-Vayeilech, we read a famous few verses:
"For this commandment that I command you today, it is not hidden from you and it is not distant. It is not in the heavens, so you could say 'Who can possibly go up to the heavens for us and…

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We're in it together; nitzavim and yamim noraim

Parshiyos Nitzavim-Vayelech; we’re all in it together!
These 2 sedras are almost definitely the shortest a double can get; and are indeed probably the 2 shortest parshiyos in the Torah individually, yet their shortness does not reflect itself as a lack of depth; one can see even at first glance that…

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