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Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20)

We are nearing the end of 5778, the Israelites’ journey, and our annual Torah reading.  Nitzavim has only 40 verses.  Its key points: 1) Everyone is entering into the covenant – men, women, children. 2) Obeying the Law is each … Continue reading

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Nitzavim (Deut. 29:9-30:20)

Normally, the Shabbat service before the start of a new month includes a special blessing.  The exception: Tishrei, the month whose first day is Rosh Hashanah.  That’s because, what with a shofar blowing every weekday (I finally made a real … Continue reading

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Nitzavim-Vayeilekh (Deut. 29:9-31:30)

This week, I saw a 1952 Japanese film called “Ikuru” ((生きる, “To Live”), directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa.  The protagonist, Kanji Watanabe, upon learning that he has stomach cancer and only several months to live, suddenly realizes that he … Continue reading

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Nitzavim-Vayeilekh (Deut. 29:9-31:30)

We are coming to the end of the year 5773 as the Israelites come to the end of their 40-year journey.  The first part of this double portion, Nitzavim (Deut. 29:9-30:20), appropriately contains 40 verses, which in Hebrew numerology (gematria) … Continue reading

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