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Parashiot Nitzavim - Vayelech

 

This Parasha, Nitzavim, is always read on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashana.

Moshe continues to speak to The People, emphasizing Hashem´s Goodness which will soon permit them to enter The Promised Land, safe and well.

Moshe exhorted the people that the Covenant (from the Parasha before) which they have just entered with Hashem will last throughout all of the generations to come.

Then Moshe warns the People about idol worshipping, the iniquities, and the perversions the other nations practice, which the Jewish have witnessed throughout their years int he wilderness.

Moshe continues by warning them that if they yield to this evil inclination, he will be drawn to worse sins, and know that Hashem will not forgive this hideous attitude. The Divine anger will be rekindled against him and the curses written in the Torah will be fulfilled.

And if you then ask, “Why does Hashem punish His Chosen People this way?” they will be answered: “This happened, because you have transgressed Hashem´s covenant. You swayed from His ways and walked amongst idol worshippers. And that is why He has exiled you from the Land .”

In the last chapter Moshe promises that if the Jewish People do Teshuva in exile, Hashem will redeem them. “All of the People will return to Hashem and fulfill of the mitzvot and the Laws of the Torah with all their heart and soul, and so Hashem will return all of His People from exile and guide them to the Land which was promised to our Forefathers, to reside in it with greater prosperity and welfare than their ancestors enjoyed.”

Moshe continues saying: “This Law is not difficult to understand, ´For the word is very near to you in your heart and in your mouth that you may do it.´"

The principle of free choice.

 

“See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil . . .You shall choose life, so that you may live, you and your seed.

To love the L rd your G d, to obey His voice and to cleave to Him, for He is your life . . .

 

 

 

This Parasha narrates what Moshe did and said the last day of his life: “Today I am one hundred and twenty years old. I can no longer go or come, and Hashem said to me, ´You shall not cross this Jordan...Yehoshua will cross with you.´”

Moshe writes the complete Torah and hands it to the Tribe of Levy. And tells them that every 7 years, in Succot, after the conclusion of Shemitah, Sabbatical year, the leader of the People must read the entire Torah before the entire congregation of Israel, this commandment is known as Hakhel.

Hashem tells Moshe: “Call Yehoshua so you can hand him the leadership.”

And Hashem transmits the last prophecy: “Behold, you are about to lie with your forefathers, and this nation will rise up and stray after the deities of the nations of the land, into which they are coming. And they will forsake Me and violate My covenant which I made with them.

And My fury will rage against them on that day, and I will abandon them and hide My face from them, and they will be consumed, and many evils and troubles will befall them, and they will say on that day, 'Is it not because Hashem is no longer among us, that these evils have befallen us?'

Hashem commands Moshe to write the entire and to teach it to the Children of Israel.

Moshe finished writing the words of this Torah in a scroll, and then commands the Levites, who carried the ark:

…. “And take this Torah scroll and place it along side the ark of covenant of the Lord, your God, and it will be there as a witness.”

 ¡¡ SHABAT SHALOM !!


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