NITZAVIM PARSHA FRAMED 12 X 16
BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY
Devarim (Deuteronomy) In this final book of Torah, Moses reviews much of the history and the laws given to the Jewish people: hence the Greek name, (taken from phrase 'Mishneh Torah', Deut. 17:18) meaning second telling. In Deuteronomy, the belief that following God's rules will bring blessing; while spurning God will result in calamity is stressed. Idolatry and other false practices are continually denounced. Many scholars identify Deuteronomy with the book of Teaching found by Hilkiah the High Priest (during the reign of King Josiah- II Kings 22:8) during the reforms the king was instituting to strengthen Israel and its religion. There are thirty-four chapters, divided into eleven parashiyot. The parashiyot of Devarim are: Devarim, Va'Etchanan, Ekev, Re'eh, Shoftim, Ki Tetze, Ki Tavo, Nitzavim, VaYelech, Ha'azinu, and Zot HaBrachah
Nitzavim/VaYelech: As we enter this season of repentance, God will take one step towards us for every step we take to return.
At the beginning of Parashat Nitzavim, Moses gathers the entire Israelite people together and gives them a stern warning to uphold God's covenant. Terrible things (and by now they know what that means) await the person who does not observe the commandments. But God will take back in great mercy anyone who sincerely repents. The parasha ends with a nechemta - words of encouragement. Moses tells the people that upholding the Torah is not too difficult or too strange, but entirely within their capabilities. The people are encouraged to 'choose life' by following God's path.
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